Trump DOJ moves to ban bump stocks via regulation (bypassing Congress)

Trump DOJ moves to ban bump stocks via regulation (bypassing Congress)
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[Ed. – Thumbs down? Up? Don’t care?  Purely on the question of whether this move requires a congressional policy debate — I’m 50/50.  If I went to 51/49, it would be because making this change by revising regulation sets an incremental precedent that could encourage more regulatory incrementalism, and eventually turn into an avalanche.]

According to the Trump Administration, they’re seeking to put the kibosh on bump stocks without going through the House and Senate.

The Trump administration on Saturday began the process to ban bump stocks through regulatory action.

“The Department of Justice has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the National Firearms and Gun Control Act defines ‘machinegun’ to include bump stock type devices,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted a notice of a regulation regarding the definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act and proposing to include “bump stock type devices, and that federal law accordingly prohibits the possession, sale, or manufacture of such devices.”

Well, this hardly sounds like the guy who once said “the assault on the Second Amendment is over.” Trump will claim those types of devices are already illegal and this is just a “rephrasing” of current regulations.

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