Federal Officials Are Considering Whether Bump Stocks Should Be Banned

Leslie Hanson
December 7, 2017

The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it has begun the process of determining whether to prohibit bum stocks - devices that were used in the Las Vegas shooting massacre that killed 58 concertgoers.

ATF has taken the initial step in this regulatory process by drafting an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) and submitting it to the Office of Management and Budget. "Today we begin the process of determining whether or not bump stocks are covered by this prohibition". Federal law defines "machinegun" as a "weapon which shoots, is created to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger".

A bump stock attached to a semi-automatic rifle allows it to increase the firing rate.

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The issue of whether to ban bump stocks came to the forefront of the nation's gun control debate in October after a gunman opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas from his room in a nearby hotel using firearms fitted with the device.

At the heart of the review is the definition of "machine gun", and whether bump stocks can be considered components used to turn firearms into such weapons. CEO Wayne LaPierre and Executive Director Chris Cox said devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.

The shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more on October 1.

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