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Quad Cities gun owners, range owner react to bump stock ban

20 December 2018

It'll take about 90 days for the regulation to go into effect, and it doesn't just impact the sale of new devices: Those who possess the attachment-tens of thousands are estimated to exist-will need to destroy them or hand them over to the ATF before the 90 days are through. Bump stocks were made notorious by the October 1, 2017, mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest in U.S. history to date.

On an earlier call with reporters, senior Justice Department officials said they were ready for any possible lawsuit and confident in the review of case law they conducted while writing and revising the regulation.

However, opposition from the National Rifle Association prevented a law being passed by Congress.

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Image The ban came as Donald Trump joined a roundtable of a panel set up to look at school shootings

The amended rule was met nearly immediately with resistance from gun rights advocates, including Gun Owners of America, which said it would file a lawsuit against the Justice Department and ATF to protect gun owners from "unconstitutional regulations". Westrom doesn't believe owners of bump stocks will give them up.

The president promised a ban in March saying the device turns "legal weapons into illegal machines".

"A bump stock is basically a firearms accessory that's going to replace the butt stock and pistol grip of a semi-automatic modern sporting rifle that is going to utilize the energy of the gun firing and the recoil to push the gun back to reset the trigger", explained Mike Visser, from Silver Bullet Firearms.

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And today, the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Public Affairs announced a clarification on bump stocks-asserting that they meet the definition of "machine gun" under federal law.

The department received almost 190,000 comments on its proposal for the regulation. Bump stocks became a focal point in the USA gun control debate after the massacre.

In those June comments the NRA highlighted that the final rule language does not provide a registration period whereby current bump stock owners could register, and therefore keep, their legally purchased property. There were 23 assault-style weapons, including 14 fitted with rapid-fire "bump stock" devices, strewn about his 32nd-floor hotel suite at the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel.

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Survivors of mass shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, in Las Vegas and the Parkland school shooting all praised the decision.

"These regulations implicate Second Amendment rights, and courts should be highly suspect when an agency changes its "interpretation" of a statute in order to impair the exercise of enumerated constitutional rights", the organisation's executive director, Erich Pratt, said.

The websites for the most well-known bump stock manufacturers, Bumpfire System and Slide Fire, displayed notifications on Tuesday that they had already ceased direct sales of the devices.

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Quad Cities gun owners, range owner react to bump stock ban