Trump’s DOJ Moves to Ban Manufacture and Possession of Bump Stocks

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

President Trump’s Department of Justice is stepping up efforts to ban the manufacture, sale, and possession of bump stock firearm accessories.

The move comes at Trump’s behest. He directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to find a way to ban the devices after the February 14 attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, even though that attack did not involve bump stocks.

On March 10 Sessions announced the DOJ was close to securing the ban. The DOJ is accomplishing this by redefining the term “machinegun” so that the term covers machineguns and non-machineguns as well. This allows the DOJ to treat firearm accessories that are not conversion devices in a manner consistent with conversion devices.

In other words, although bump stocks do not convert semiautomatics into automatics, redefining the term “machinegun” allows bump stocks to be regulated (banned).

Sessions said, “President Trump is absolutely committed to ensuring the safety and security of every American and he has directed us to propose a regulation addressing bump stocks.”

On October 15, 2017, Breitbart News reported that gun control is gun control, whether regulatory or legislative.

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