Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday the Justice Department is proposing an amendment to existing regulations that would effectively ban bump stocks and other devices that allow the rapid firing of firearms.
The public notice of the proposed regulation follows up on the idea first floated earlier this month by the department.
Session said that under the proposed change to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives regulations, bump stocks would fall within the definition of a “machine-gun.”
“Since the day he took office, President [Donald] Trump has had no higher priority than the safety of each and every American,” Sessions said. “That is why today the Department of Justice is publishing for public comment a proposed rulemaking that would define ‘machinegun’ to include bump stock-type devices under federal law — effectively banning them.”