Published: Wed, December 19, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

NRA 'disappointed' by bump stock ban

NRA 'disappointed' by bump stock ban

President Trump's request for the DOJ to ban the attachment overrides a earlier position taken by officials with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who had concluded the attachments were not subject to federal regulation, reports CNN.

Bump stocks gained national attention past year after a gunman in Las Vegas rigged his weapons with the devices to fire on concertgoers, killing 58 people.

Shortly after, President Donald Trump directed the Department of Justice to look into changing regulations so that bump stocks would be classified as machine guns, which are illegal to possess in most cases.

The regulation was signed Tuesday by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. A Justice Department official said that would likely happen Friday.

Under the regulation, bump stock owners have until March 21st to turn in their accessory.

Trump said in October he told the National Rifle Association that "bump stocks are gone", but how the group responds to the final rule remains to be seen. In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, there was a growing push by some members of Congress to ban bump stocks, but no legislation was passed. A Justice Department official said the department is confident in its analysis and is prepared to defend the new rule in court if needed.

A bump fire stock that attaches to a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing rate
A bump fire stock that attaches to a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing rate

Following the Las Vegas shooting the devices became a focal point in the national gun control debate. The official briefed reporters on condition of anonymity. The gunman reportedly used bump stocks on his weapons, resulting in the death of 58 people.

The Justice Department says the attachments will be banned beginning in late March under a law that prohibits machine guns.

The "comments" which Baker references were sent to the ATF on June 27, 2018, saying, "ATF now seeks to reclassify as "machinegun [s]".

Executive director Erich Pratt argued that the ATF and the DOJ have no right to change laws "under the guise of interpretation of a statute, especially where the law's meaning is clear". Paddock fatally shot himself after the shooting.

In April, Slide Fire Solutions, the largest manufacturer of bump stocks, announced it would stop taking orders and shut down its website. The remaining stock of the devices is now being sold by another company, RW Arms, based in Texas.

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