The White House will reportedly announce a ban on bump stocks soon, months after promising to do so following the Las Vegas massacre.
Bump stocks, which allow a gun’s recoil to initiate the trigger and mimic fully automatic gunfire, were ruled a gun accessory under the Obama administration, which meant they were not subject to federal regulation.
But in March, the Department of Justice proposed a rule that would classify bump stocks, slide-fire devices and similar mechanisms as machine guns because they allow a “shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger.”
Now, the Trump administration is set to put into action a law that would give gun owners 90 days to destroy their bump stocks or surrender them to authorities, according to CNN.
“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.
Twelve bump stocks were found on guns recovered from Stephen Paddock’s hotel room after he fired more than 1,100 rounds into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas in October 2017. Since then, calls to ban the device have become heightened.