The Trump administration is set to show rare support for gun regulation by banning the controversial bump stock.
Soon after the shooting, President Donald Trump promised to pursue a ban on all accessories that modify rifles into automatic weapons.
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President Trump on bump stocks: "Just a few moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing the Attorney General to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns."
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The proposed final rule would group bump stocks and similar accessories with legislation that banned machine guns.
“Bump stocks turn semiautomatic guns into illegal machine guns. This final rule sends a clear message: Illegal guns have no place in a law-and-order society, and we will continue to vigorously enforce the law to keep these illegal weapons off the street,” a senior Justice Department official told CNN.
The president made it very clear to the National Rifle Association that bump stocks would be banned, and a spokesperson has said that they would review bump stocks but oppose any other gun regulation suggestions from Congress.
“We are knocking out bump stocks. I have told the [National Rifle Association] — bump stocks are gone,” Trump said earlier in the year. “But to do that, you have to go to public hearings, which we have had. You have to go through all sorts of regulatory control systems.”
Under the new rule, bump stock owners would have to turn in their device or destroy it within 90 days of the rule’s passing.