DoJ proposes banning bump stocks, like those Vegas shooter had

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The step is incremental, and the Justice Department still must go through a lengthy process to make the proposed regulation a reality.

The Department of Justice has proposed a ban on bump stocks, which were used by the shooter who killed 58 people in Las Vegas last fall.

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But the step is tangible evidence that the department is working toward regulating the devices.

On Friday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, signed a law for his state imposing a three-day waiting period for most purchases of long guns, raising the minimum age for buying those weapons to 21 and banning the possession of bump stocks. They asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to reconsider a years-earlier opinion it could not legally restrict the devices. In December, Sessions announced that he was initiating the process to potentially change federal regulations and would be accepting public comments through January 25.

A bump stock is an aftermarket modification a rifle owner can install that allows a semi-automatic firing mechanism to mimic rapid firing of a fully automatic machinegun.

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The Department of Justice announced Saturday that it has initiated the process of banning bump stocks through a change in how firearms laws are interpreted by federal regulators. The shooter placed bump stocks on several of the rifles he used in the attack, though it is not clear how numerous more than 1,000 rounds he fired came from those guns. In the department's current view, the notice clarifies, bump stocks are included in the legal definition of a "machinegun".

Bump stock manufacturers could challenge the regulation as being beyond the scope of the president's authority to regulate firearms.

Americans have been wondering what, if any, concrete gun control reforms would be made in response to the horrific massacre that left 17 innocent individuals dead last month in Parkland, Florida.

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During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump vowed that a ban on bump stocks as a legal item in the USA was nearly "finished".

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