Trump Directs Justice Department to Take Steps to Ban Bump Stocks

The president of the United States, Donald Trump brought to light that he has given orders to Jeff Sessions, who is the Attorney General to take adequate steps for banning bump stocks which is actually the type of gun modification that Stephen Paddock the shooter of the Las Vegas incident used to kill 58 people in the month of October 2018. Donald Trump stated on Tuesday at the time of speaking at a medal of valor ceremony at the White House that he has signed a memorandum some moments earlier in which he had given orders to the attorney general for proposing the regulations for banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. He also mentioned that he expects that these critical regulations would be finalized as soon as possible. The Department of Justice mentioned that they will take this matter a priority for the president and they would be acting very quickly in moving through the process of rulemaking. The Department of Justice is looking forward to the results of this particular process so that it can be completed within a short period of time.

Bump stocks are devices that basically will allow a semiautomatic rifle to act like a machine gun and fire similar to it. This additional accessory actually replaces the stock of the firearm which is a piece that rests against the shoulder and harnesses its recoil to slide the gun rapidly back and forth onto the trigger finger of the shooter. This particular thing happens each time the firing is done. Stephen Paddock who was the culprit in the Las Vegas mass shooting incident, was in possession of about more than twelve rifles that are of assault-style along with a number of bump stocks that were outfitted and 100-round magazines. At that time, he was actually able to fire more than about 1,100 rounds within a very short span of time of just ten minutes.

In the year 2010 and again in the year 2012, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ruled that it did not have any kind of authority for the regulation of bump stocks because of the fact that they were technically not machine guns which the federal law defines as firearms that are able to shoot more than one shot for a single pull of the trigger. Being an executive agency, they cannot make laws officially.

July 18, 2018 - 23:36
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