used to "bump" the trigger back to the shooter's finger, making the gun fire at a much faster rate. Congress banned the sale of new machine guns for civilian use in 1986, but possession of older automatic weapons is still allowed with a special permit. ATF also issued classification decisions concluding that other bump-stock-type devices were not machineguns, including a device submitted by the manufacturer of the bump-stock-type devices used in the Las Vegas shooting. As I promised, today the Department of Justice will issue the rule banning BUMP STOCKS with a mandated comment period.
Session said that under the proposed change to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives regulations, bump stocks would fall within the definition of a "machine-gun".
Among their demands was a ban on bump stocks.
That call for stricter gun control has not died down since then, leading to Saturday's rallies across the U.S. and around the world in which thousands of people take part in the March for Our Lives rally.
Earlier this month, Sessions sent the changed machine gun definition to the Office of Management and Budget, continuing a process that began February 20 when Trump signed an executive order directing Sessions to get the ball rolling on a bump stock ban.
The announcement comes a day before large numbers of protesters are expected to descend on Washington, DC for "March for Our Lives", a rally organized to push for stricter gun laws in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat who has long supported more gun control, told BuzzFeed News on Thursday, "Internal ATF documents that have been made public demonstrate yet again that the agency does not have the authority to ban bump stocks". The shooting has sparked yet another national conversation on the issue of gun control.