Bump stocks effectively banned in DOJ final rule

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The U.S. Department of Justice has effectively banned bump stocks. 

Regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) have been amended to say that bump-stock devices fall within the definition of “machinegun” under federal law. 

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announced that the Department of Justice added to the definition Tuesday.

Under federal law, a “machinegun” allows a shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger.  

With the new language that makes bump-stock devices machineguns, anyone that owns such a device must destroy it so that it is incapable of being readily fixed. People can also drop it off at their nearest ATF office, but won’t be provided compensation. 

Bump stocks need to be destroyed or turned in within 90 days after the amended language is published in the Federal Register

Instructions on how to destroy bump stock will be posted on the ATF’s website later Tuesday.

Whitaker made the following statement:  

President Donald Trump is a law and order president, who has signed into law millions of dollars in funding for law enforcement officers in our schools, and under his strong leadership, the Department of Justice has prosecuted more gun criminals than ever before as we target violent criminals. We are faithfully following President Trump’s leadership by making clear that bump stocks, which turn semiautomatics into machine guns, are illegal, and we will continue to take illegal guns off of our streets.

Click here to read the final rule.

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