By Dominic Holden-BuzzFeed News
The Trump administration on Tuesday issued a final rule that bans so-called bump stocks, devices that allow semiautomatic weapons to fire more rapidly, saying tens of thousands of them around the country must be destroyed or surrendered to federal law enforcement.
The rule could now tee up a possible lawsuit challenging the ban.
The rule will take effect after 90 days, a senior Justice Department officials told reporters, explaining, “At that point, it will be illegal to have a bump stock–type device. They will be considered a machine gun.”
“We expect most owners will comply with the law and follow instructions or hand them in to ATF," the official added. "As with any law, we rely on lawful compliance.”
After an October 2017 massacre in Las Vegas in which a gunman fired on a crowd using a bump stock attached to a rifle, President Donald Trump suggested the devices should be prohibited. The Justice Department received more than 186,000 comments on a proposal released this spring, leading to the 157-page final rule released Tuesday.
“Specifically, these devices convert an otherwise semiautomatic firearm into a machine gun by functioning as a self-acting or self-regulating mechanism that harnesses the recoil energy of the semiautomatic firearm in a manner that allows the trigger to reset and continue firing without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter,” says the final rule, which hews closely to language proposed in March.
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