Skip to comments.Sessions: Bump fire stocks can be banned through regulation
Posted on 02/27/2018 7:31:01 PM PST by Simon Green
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that he believes bump fire stocks can be effectively banned through regulation, teasing that an announcement from the Justice Department would be coming soon.
"We've had to deal with previous (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) legal opinions but our top people in the Department of Justice have believed for some time that we can, through the regulatory process, not allow the bump stock to convert a weapon from semi automatic to fully automatic," Sessions said at a gathering of state attorneys general in Washington.
"We've been working on that for some time. We'll have an announcement on that soon. We believe in that," he said.
Bump fire stocks, commonly known as bump stocks, are devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire at a more rapid rate. Investigators have said 12 bump stock devices were found in the hotel room where a shooter in Las Vegas fired on a crowd of concertgoers last year, killing 58 people.
The Justice Department in December announced that it was beginning the rule-making process that could allow it to reinterpret the legality of bump stocks. President Donald Trump sent a memo to Sessions ordering the department propose regulations banning the devices last week after the Parkland school shooting.
Some lawmakers and law enforcement experts have been skeptical that bump stocks could be banned through regulation without miring the ATF in lawsuits, pushing instead for a legislative fix.
The National Rifle Association has supported the ATF review of the bump stock and said devices like it should be subject to additional regulations, but has publicly come out against legislation that would ban the device. Congressional efforts to ban the devices in the wake of last fall's Las Vegas shooting haven't progressed.
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I’m trying to remember when marijuana was banned, but I can’t, because I was stoned.
If you put your thumb in your belt loop while firing am semi auto— is that illegal?
So if you use a rubber band to do the same thing, will that make you a felon?
This guy has got to go!
What rate of fire constitutes “fully automatic?” This is just really fast semi-automatic fire, and it bothers me that the people in charge aren’t smart enough to figure it out.
I thought President Trump banned bureaucrats from making new laws by fiat.
They will need to ban rubber bands also, they do the same thing.
This is like banning quad exhaust or tail fins for a car. It may make your car look cool but adds zero to its functionality.
next up beefy rubber bands...
I’m sure sessions would have had no problem if ag holder suggested this. Jeeze
This guy is a total bullshit artist and has now proven, once again, the Peter Principle about rising to your level of incompetence. There is more than regulation in play on this despite his collection of sycophants he calls a DOJ staff telling him otherwise. You can’t just throw out a legal definition for an item and substitute your preferred definition in order to make your regulation fit the new circumstances. It won’t take a Supreme Court law clerk to write the necessary pleadings to stand them on their head.
None duct right RE of HilLIARy, pelousy, obama, soroz? Just a few allegations against a few Russians he cant ever reach or try. And now hes screwing around with pieces of plastic and showing no regard for our constitutionally- recognized inalienable rights. Hes a complete waste of time, or worse. Hes just gotta go
Wow, the useless tit Sessions is actually at the office today?
O thought he was on a permenant vacation.
I wonder if he remembers the whole Hillary Clinton E-mail, Uranium 1 , etc, thing? Someone should ask before he goes to take his nap.
Let’em ban’em. Some enterprising person will find a legal way around it. Necessity is the mother of invention.
How much longer do we need to suffer this POS at DOJ?
“shall not be infringed”
So are we all going to pretend this is Sessions acting on his own and not on the direction of the President?
Broccoli most affected.