Trump's Justice Department Makes First Move Against Bump Stocks

Bump stock modifications increases the rate of fire of semi-automatic assault rifles

On Saturday morning, the Department of Justice issued a press release announcing that they had introduced proposed legislation to change the definition of "machine gun" to include guns with bump stocks, gun attachments that turn semiautomatic weapons into automatic ones.

This submission is a formal requirement of the regulatory review process.

The accessory was not used in the recent Florida school shooting, in which 17 people were killed, but it was used a year ago in the deadly shooting in Las Vegas. If the Office of Management and Budget approves the proposed regulation, it would then be published and members of the public allowed to comment before a final version was put into place.

But the step is tangible evidence that the department is working toward regulating the devices, however gradual that work might be.

In a notice submitted for approval to the Office of Management and Budget, the DoJ proposed that bump stocks be included in the definition of "machine gun" in the 1934 National Firearms Act. And in December, Sessions announced that he was initiating the process to potentially change federal regulations and would be accepting public comments through January 25.

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Saturday's move was expected after President Donald Trump ordered officials to work on a ban following the Florida school shooting.

The matter is more complicated than meets the eye. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a division of the Justice Department, was the one to declare the devices as legal in 2010, writing in a letter to leading bump stock manufacturer Slide Fire Solutions: "The stock has no automatically functioning mechanical parts or springs and performs no automatic mechanical function when installed". The shooter placed bump stocks on several of the rifles he used in the attack, though it is not clear how numerous more than 1,000 rounds he fired came from those guns.

Under US law, machine guns are officially banned.

The NRA supported more regulations on bump stocks but has not endorsed Trump's ban and said previously it was awaiting the publication of the regulation before rendering judgment.

Trump's proposal comes in the wake of a national conversation centered around gun violence and school safety that began in February after a gunman killed 17 students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

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