18.02.20 Bump Stocks

February 21, 2018
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President Trump Requests
Ban on “Bump Stocks”

What is a “bump stock”?

An accessory that attaches to a rifle enabling rapid fire.

Allows a semi-automatic rifle (legal gun) to function like a fully automatic rifle (illegal gun).

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“Just a few moments ago I signed a memorandum directing the AG to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized, Jeff, very soon.”

President Trump, Remarks, White House, Feb 20, 2018

Presidential Memorandum

Today, I am directing the Department of Justice to dedicate all available resources to complete the review of the comments received, and, as expeditiously as possible, to propose for notice and comment a rule banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.

Full Pres. Memo

What To Know:
Bump Stocks

  • Used in Las Vegas shooting: worst mass shooting in modern American history.
  • President Trump asked for review on “bump stocks” after Las Vegas murders.
  • Reports: not used in recent high school shooting in Florida.

Bump Stocks:
Who Supports Review

  • Bipartisan support for regulation of bump stocks.
  • NRA after Las Vegas Shooting: “The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”A

To Consider

‘…it may be easier to ban modifications that are not very popular among gun owners…these bump-stocks are not popular at all, because they make guns highly inaccurate…’

Dr. Adam Winkler, UCLA Law School to Christian Science Monitor, Oct 17, 2017

Next Issue? Stay Tuned.

“Whether we are Republican or Democrat, we must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!”

President Trump, Twitter, Feb 20, 2018, 8:18 pm

by Jenna Lee,