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Trump Administration Moves to Ban Bump Stocks

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On Tuesday, December 18, the Trump Administration officially banned bump stock devices that attach to semi-automatic guns. These devices allow rifles to fire continually as long as the user holds down the trigger, creating a firing rate comparable to a machine gun. Owners of these devices are required to destroy or turn them in within 90 days to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after it is published in the Federal Register.

After this announcement, the NRA released a statement expressing their disappointment with this decision recognizing citizens who purchased bump stock devices before the ban’s announcement.

“We are disappointed that this final rule fails to address the thousands of law-abiding Americans who relied on prior ATF determinations when lawfully acquiring these devices. As we recommended to ATF in our comments on the proposed rule, Congress made it possible for the Attorney General to provide amnesty for firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act. The Attorney General should have exercised that authority to provide a period of amnesty under this rule,” NRA spokesperson Jennifer Baker says.

On the other side of the conversation, Everytown for Gun Safety, a New York-based nonprofit organization, released a statement saying this ban is a step in the right direction for gun-laws.

“We’re glad the Trump administration is taking this common-sense first step — now we’re focused on what comes next. On Election Day, American voters made it crystal clear they want comprehensive action to break the pattern of gun violence, and that starts with strengthening background checks. Bottom line: It’s long past time for Congress to act,” Everytown for Gun Safety’s president John Feinblatt says.

Eve Jorgensen, a member of the grassroots organization Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, sees this ban as a great first step for gun regulation.

“I think it shows that this administration is looking to do something to stop these horrific mass shootings,” Jorgensen says. “There’s so much more we can do to prevent gun violence. The gun violence prevention movement is gaining momentum.”

Jorgensen says that the Arkansas chapter of Moms’ Demand Action is currently focused on making sure legislation like permit-less carry is not passed at a state level.

The conversation for this ban began soon after the Los Vegas shooting in October 2017 in which an individual fired at a crowd attending a country music concert. During the incident, 59 people were killed and wounded hundreds. It was reported he used a bump stock device among other gun enhancing devices. Earlier this year, President Trump said he would look into banning devices like these that can “turn legal weapons into illegal machines”.

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