In a small but significant victory in the battle against gun violence, the Trump administration issued a new rule today banning bump stocks, the attachments that enable semiautomatic rifles to fire in sustained, rapid bursts, giving owners 90 days to destroy their devices or to turn them in to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The new regulation, which NAPNAP supported in comments to the agency, will ban the sale or possession of the devices under a new interpretation of existing law. The Justice Department said the device transforms semiautomatic weapons, like assault rifles styled on the AR-15, into fully automatic machine guns, which Congress sharply restricted in 1986. The administration started to move toward banning the devices after a gunman used one to massacre 58 people and wound hundreds of others at a Las Vegas concert in October 2017.
Dec. 18, 2018