According to a CNN report, President Donald Trump is expected to announce his intention to sign a ban on bump stocks that gives American citizens 90 days to turn them over to the government or dispose of them.
A ban on bump stocks became a major talking point for Democrats are the accessory was used during the October 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, the only instance in which bump stocks were known to have been used in a crime.
According to Breitbart, the ATF circulated language to ban bump stocks at Trump’s urging at the end of 2017. The public was allowed to comment and a report from The Trace indicated that 85 percent of those who commented opposed such a ban.
During the Obama administration, officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives concluded that bump stocks are merely a “gun accessory” and not subject to federal regulations.
At President Trump’s direction, the Justice Department submitted a proposed final rule earlier this year that upended the Obama administration’s interpretation.
That ruling concluded that bump stocks allow a “shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger,” thus making them illegal under federal law.
“Bump stocks turn semiautomatic guns into illegal machine guns,” a senior Justice Department official told CNN. “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.”
ATF Acting Director Thomas Brandon has told the United States Senate that he anticipates that the ban will be met by legal challenges, which he admits could slow the ban’s implementation.