Trump Admin bans bump stocks

Free BeaconThe Department of Justice announced on Tuesday it will effectively ban the possession of all bump-fire stocks through a new regulatory rule.

Senior DOJ officials told reporters it would become a felony to own a bump-stock within 90 days of the new rule's publication. They estimated March 21, 2019, would be the deadline for the public to turn in or destroy their bump stocks. The officials said they would prosecute those who do not comply with that deadline.

A court challenge has already been filed. Among other problems, the ban is based on regulation without support from law. The legal definition of a machine gun is more than one round per single trigger pull. By that definition, the bump stock (despite it's rapid fire effect) is not a machine gun. No compensation will be offered and current owners cannot register them in order to keep them. The second provision is likely to see the regulation declared unconstitutional, under much clearer rules than a 2nd Amendment case about machine guns.

The entire ban was predicated on the Las Vegas mass shooting, though evidence he actually used bump stock devices in the shooting seems strangely lacking, and many facts about that shooting are unclear.

This entry was published Mon Dec 24 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-12-18 22:07:54.0. [Tweet]

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