Trump administration finalizing bump stock ban

Trump administration finalizing bump stock ban
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The Trump administration is finalizing a proposed rule to ban bump stocks.

CNN reported Wednesday that the administration is preparing to announce the ban in the coming days.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Memo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report MORE said last month that within weeks “I’ll be able to write out bump stocks.”

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Trump promised action on the issue earlier this year, following a shooting in Las Vegas that left 59 people dead. The device, which modifies semi-automatic weapons to fire multiple rounds with one pull of the trigger, was used in the mass shooting.

The administration is using the regulatory process to implement the ban.

The Department of Justice proposed a rule in March to ban the devices by modifying an existing rule defining “machine gun.” Machine guns are prohibited under federal law, but the device that modifies some guns to act like machine guns was not included in the definition. 

The proposed rule would change that “to clarify that the National Firearms and Gun Control Act defines ‘machine gun’ to include bump stock-type devices,” then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsInterior chief Zinke to leave administration Trump, Christie met to discuss chief of staff job: report Chief justice of California Supreme Court leaves GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation MORE said in March.

The rule required approval by the Office of Management and Budget, a review by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and a public comment period.

“We are now at the final stages of the procedure,” Trump said in October.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.