Trump administration’s rule to ban bump stocks languishes

FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference about gun legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington. Seeking momentum for gun restrictions, Feinstein said only broader legislation would be effective in outlawing "bump stocks" like the Las Vegas gunman used. Her comments Sunday, Oct. 8, came as the National Rifle Association reiterated support for more limited regulations that stopped short of a ban. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) WASHINGTON — Despite a report last month that the Trump administration would announce a ban on bump stocks “in the coming days,” a rule that would make it illegal to own the type of device used in the Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas continues to languish without any official explanation. On Nov. 28, CNN cited anonymous sources in its report that the administration was just days away from announcing a “long-anticipated rule officially banning bump stocks” — devices that accelerate a gun’s firing rate with a single pull of the trigger. The CNN report, which the Review-Journal could not confirm, came two months after the White House told the Review-Journal shortly before one-year anniversary of the Oct. 1, 2017, attack that the Department of Justice would act soon. In the days since the CNN report, however, administration officials have rebuffed repeated requests by the Review-Journal for comment on the status of the rule. The revelation that the gunman had used bump stocks to accelerate his rate of fire in the […]

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