On Saturday morning, the Department of Justice issued a press release announcing that they had introduced proposed legislation to change the definition of "machine gun" to include guns with bump stocks, gun attachments that turn semiautomatic weapons into automatic ones.
In a notice submitted for approval to the Office of Management and Budget, the DoJ proposed that bump stocks be included in the definition of "machine gun" in the 1934 National Firearms Act.
Bump stocks were not used in the Florida shooting but came into the national spotlight because they were allegedly used in the Las Vegas massacre previous year.
President Donald Trump administration's plan to ban bump stocks is moving forward. The devices will remain on the market until the regulation is approved by the Office of Management and Budget.
In the wake of the Las Vegas attack, which sparked a nationwide discussion about banning the devices, Republicans in Congress and the National Rifle Association have pointed to the ATF to regulate the devices, rather than advocating for a legislative approach.
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He would have to complete a similar public comment process were the Office of Management and Budget to approve the proposed regulation.
As noted by Katie Pavlich, a bump stock is an add on to a semi-automatic weapon which makes rate of fire on semi-automatic firearms faster.
The bureau decided bump stocks could not be regulated without a congressional change in current firearms laws, and even some ATF officials question if the administration is overstepping its bounds.
Trump meets with students, parents and teachers affected by mass shootings in Parkland, Fla., Newtown, Conn., and Columbine, Colo., to search for policies to keep America's schools safe.. The proposal would bar the possession, sale and manufacturing of the gun accessory.
During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump vowed that a ban on bump stocks as a legal item in the US was nearly "finished". The law raises the legal age for buying rifles, imposes a three-day waiting period on all gun sales and allows the arming of some school employees.