The Justice Department has submitted a notice of “proposed regulation” placing bump fire stocks under the definition of “machine gun” as defined in the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act, thus making them illegal. DOJ initiated the process back in December after the Vegas shooting. During that heinous incident, the perpetrator used the controversial device on several of his semi-auto rifles. 58 people were killed in the process.

Jeff Sessions on Bump Fire Stocks

“President Trump is absolutely committed to ensuring the safety and security of every American and he has directed us to propose a regulation addressing bump stocks,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “To that end, the Department of Justice has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the National Firearms and Gun Control Act defines ‘machinegun’ to include bump stock type devices.”

“The submission is a formal requirement of the regulatory review process,” the statement adds.

DOJ sent the new regulation to the Office of Management and Budget. Once approved by OMB, DOJ will publish the full text of the notice.

Trump Weighs In

The move comes weeks after President Trump announced he had signed a memorandum directing AG Sessions to ban bump stocks.

“… after the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, I directed the attorney general to clarify whether certain bump stock devices like the one used in Las Vegas are illegal under current law.” Trump said in a press conference at the time. “That process began in December, and just a few moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general 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.”

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