1 big thing: Trump wants review on bump stocks
President Trump wants the Justice Department to review a ban on bump stocks, and other gun modifications like them, in the wake of Las Vegas.
"After the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, I directed the Attorney General to clarify whether bump stock devices like the one used in Las Vegas are illegal under current law. That process began in December, and just a few moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing the Attorney General to ban all devices that turn illegal weapons into machine guns. I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized... very soon."— President Trump today [Video]
What a bump stock does, via a useful N.Y. Times explainer:
- "The stock 'bumps' back and forth between the shooter’s shoulder and trigger finger, causing the rifle to rapidly fire again and again."
- "The shooter holds his or her trigger finger in place, while maintaining forward pressure on the barrel and backward pressure on the pistol grip while firing."
- "The bump stock is not banned under federal law even though it allows a weapon to fire at nearly the rate of a machine gun without technically converting it to a fully automatic firearm."
P.S. ... "In wake of school shooting, Florida legislators vote down attempt to revive bill to ban assault rifles." [AP]
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