More than a year after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, the U.S. government is finally banning a device that alters semiautomatic guns and helped carry out the Las Vegas attack last year.
Now, tens of thousands of bump stocks must be destroyed or turned over to the government through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, in the next 90 days.
According to Buzzfeed News, senior officials at the Justice Department explained how the new law, ordered by the Trump administration, changes what a bump stock is viewed as.
“They will be considered a machine gun,” they told reporters. As far as if people will actually hand over the devices, they’re confident people will do so.
“We expect most owners will comply with the law and follow instructions or hand them in to ATF,” they said. “As with any law, we rely on lawful compliance.”
The ban on the device by the Trump Administration is a surprisingly uncontroversial one — even for second amendment buffs.
The National Rifle Association eventually gave in, saying that people should comply with the federal law when it comes to a ban on the device. Trump announced this year he was looking into banning the device after his administration upheld its legality before the Vegas shooting.
The massacre that resulted in the deaths of 59 people last October made bump stocks infamous, and many people believe the device assisted in the high death toll as it made shooting faster and easier.
The final rule lays out the functions of bump stocks:
“Specifically, these devices convert an otherwise semiautomatic firearm into a machine gun by functioning as a self-acting or self-regulating mechanism that harnesses the recoil energy of the semiautomatic firearm in a manner that allows the trigger to reset and continue firing without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter.”
Both the Obama and Trump administrations didn’t consider bump stocks as a device to turn semi-automatic rifles into machine guns, but in the wake of a tragedy, minds were changed. “After the Las Vegas shooting, we took another look,” Justice Department officials said.