The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is going to take a little heat off of Congress by reviewing whether or not Bump Stocks should be considered illegal. The bump stock provides a machine gun type of effect and was used in the Las Vegas shooting. It was a way around the laws against machine guns. This review should be a no-brainer for the ATF, but they should see that the effect violates the intent of the law. This will not be popular with strict 2nd Amendment supporters, but it is a reality.
As Written By Ed Morrissey for Hot Air:
More than two months after their use in the worst mass shooting sprees in US history, Congress still has not acted on “bump stocks” — and now they may not need to act at all. The ATF, which originally allowed their sale, has notified Congress that they will review that decision. If they reclassify bump stocks as a full-auto modification, they can effectively ban them through the regulatory process, letting lawmakers off the hook for a statutory response:
JUST IN: The ATF has sent letters to Congress formally notifying them they are reviewing whether “bump stocks” fall under the regulatory category of “machine gun,” which would allow them to be regulated by the bureau.
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) December 11, 2017
Jeff Sessions gets results. Just a few days ago, the Attorney General announced that the Department of Justice would begin a review to determine whether bump stocks were already illegal:
The Justice Department is reviewing whether devices that allow semiautomatic rifles to fire faster should be banned.
The review announced Tuesday comes after a Las Vegas gunman used the so-called “bump stock” devices during a deadly October rampage that killed 59 people and wounded hundreds more. A bid to ban the accessory fizzled in Congress, even as bipartisan lawmakers expressed openness to the…….
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