Sessions Moves to Ban Bump Stocks as Part of School Safety Agenda

Hugh Fox
March 26, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions proposed new regulations Friday that effectively ban so-called bump-stock devices that allow rifles to mimic fully automatic machine gun fire.

The proposal - which would require existing devices to be surrendered or destroyed - reverses a position held by both the Obama and Trump administrations, which have held that the attachments don't make firearms fully automatic.

For months, President Trump has urged the Justice Department to pursue the bump stock ban. After the first pull, the finger remains stationary and the weapon repeatedly bumps against it: in essence, the rifle then fires itself.

The Justice Department proposed a ban Friday that would criminalize possession of rapid-fire bump stocks, devices made infamous after the Las Vegas shooting that received renewed attention as students protest gun violence across the country.

"Just a few moments ago I signed a memo directing the attorney general to propose regulations that ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns", Trump said at a Medal of Valor event at the White House in February.

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Survivors of the shooting have launched a vocal campaign for the US government to pass gun-safety legislation. The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. and start at the Sprint Pavilion by the Downtown Mall.

The comment period for the amendment is 90 days.

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In a letter dated April 6, 2017 - posted in full here - Michael Curtis, chief of the Firearms Technology Industry Services Branch of the ATF, sent a letter to a bump stock manufacturer, saying its product was not prohibited.

ATF officials concluded that bump stocks did not fall under the law because they did not permanently alter a gun's trigger mechanism.

Previously unknown outside of gun enthusiast circles, the device received attention after it was revealed that the Las Vegas shooter used them during the rampage that killed 58 people and injured over 700.

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As the students poured out of both the high school and middle school and into the parking lot, they milled about and talked. In Ventura, over 500 people have responded on social media to attend a March for our Lives rally in downtown Ventura.

A bump stock is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in South Jordan, Utah, on October 4, 2017.

"Obama Administration legalized bump stocks".

They are also calling for a bipartisan effort to ramp up gun control and demanding "a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues".

Current and former ATF agents have told Congress that because of ATF's 2010 conclusion, it is Congress that must take action on the devices.

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