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Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

Key Points
  • A senior Justice Department official says bump stocks will be banned under the federal law that prohibits machine-guns.
  • The ban will take effect in late March.
Senior Sales Staff Mark Warner shows a bump stock installed on an AR-15 rifle at Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Virgina.
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The Trump administration is moving to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms.

A senior Justice Department official says bump stocks will be banned under the federal law that prohibits machine-guns. It will take effect in late March. After that, it will be illegal to possess bump stocks.

The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The devices became a focal point in the national gun control debate after they were used in October 2017 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Gunman Stephen Paddock rained a hail of bullets from his 32nd-floor Las Vegas hotel room, killing 58 people at a concert.

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Key Points
  • President Donald Trump announced that he wants the Justice Department to issue regulations that would declare so-called bump stocks illegal.
  • Bump stocks are devices that render semi-automatic rifles capable of firing hundreds of rounds every minute.
  • Stephen Paddock, the gunman who killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more last October in Las Vegas, had at least 12 rifles outfitted with bump stocks.