President Donald Trump announced Friday evening plans for the Justice Department to ban all bump stocks, pending a mandated comment period.
“Obama Administration legalized bump stocks. BAD IDEA,” Trump tweeted Friday. “As I promised, today the Department of Justice will issue the rule banning BUMP STOCKS with a mandated comment period.”
“We will BAN all devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns.”
Obama Administration legalized bump stocks. BAD IDEA. As I promised, today the Department of Justice will issue the rule banning BUMP STOCKS with a mandated comment period. We will BAN all devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2018
Trump first formerly proposed banning the modifications in February.
“Since the day he took office, President Trump has had no higher priority than the safety of each and every American,” attorney general Jeff Sessions said in a statement accompanying Trump’s announcement. “That is why today the Department of Justice is publishing for public comment a proposed rulemaking that would define ‘machinegun’ to include bump stock-type devices under federal law — effectively banning them.”
“After the senseless attack in Las Vegas, this proposed rule is a critical step in our effort to reduce the threat of gun violence that is in keeping with the Constitution and the laws passed by Congress,” Sessions continued. “I look forward to working with the President’s School Safety Commission to identify other ways to keep our country and our children safe, and I thank the President for his courageous leadership on this issue.”
Bump stocks became a nationally polarized issue after Stephen Paddock’s mass shooting in Las Vegas in October 2017.
Paddock used bump stocks to convert several semi-automatic rifles into what the DOJ would now classify as “machineguns,” which he used to kill 58 individuals near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.