DOJ proposes regulation defining bump stock as machine gun
By Christen Smith
Slide Fire Solutions SSAR-15 MOD bump stock. The Department of Justice proposed a rule over the weekend redefining the accessories as a “machine gun” under federal law. (Photo: Slide Fire Solutions/Facebook)
President Donald Trump’s promise to regulate bump stocks and similar devices into oblivion moved one step closer to reality this weekend.
The Department of Justice announced Saturday a proposed regulation adding the devices to the definition of “machine gun” under both the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968.
“President Trump is absolutely committed to ensuring the safety and security of every American and he has directed us to propose a regulation addressing bump stocks,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a news release Saturday. “To that end, the Department of Justice has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the National Firearms and Gun Control Act defines ‘machinegun’ to include bump stock type devices.”
The move comes less than a month after Trump publicly leaned on Sessions and the department to draft a regulation banning bump stocks — and soon. The accessory, which mimics automatic gun fire, gained notoriety in October after a lone gunman mowed down 58