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Justice Department charges first person under federal bump stock ban


A bump stock (Steve Helber/AP)

The Justice Department charged a Texas man for violating the new federal ban on bump stocks, devices that allow a semiautomatic gun more rapidly.

Ajay Dhingra, 43, of Houston, sent an email to the George W. Bush Foundation in August that caught the attention of the Secret Service. In the email, Dhingra requested Bush "send one of your boys to come and murder me.”

While investigating, Secret Service agents found a handgun, four 100-round magazines and an AR-15 rifle with an attached bump stock at Dhingra’s home. The man told investigators he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He had previously been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility, according to prosecutors, and barred from owning guns.

The federal bump stock ban went into affect in March 2019, over a year after the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas in which the shooter used bump stocks on his guns to kill 58 and wound hundreds of others at a country music concert.

Dhingra was charged with possessing a machine gun and making false statements to acquire a firearm.

With Wire News Services