Today the Department of Justice submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act includes bump stock type devices, and that federal law accordingly prohibits the possession, sale, or manufacture of such devices.As I said yesterday, to the best of my knowledge, ONE crime in the history of the world was committed with a bump stock, but I'm not 100% sure that's even true. The Las Vega shooting investigation has shut up tighter than a sealed drum, and all I've seen is reports the shooter had bump stocks in his room. Since no one witnessed the shooting, I don't think it's necessarily a conclusion that he used them.
"President Trump is absolutely committed to ensuring the safety and security of every American and he has directed us to propose a regulation addressing bump stocks,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “To that end, 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.”
The Trump/Sessions DOJ seems to be following the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946, so there will be a period to comment on the proposal, then probably a period of replies to proposals, and finally the issuance of the regulation. That all appears to be a "done deal", but it sets a timeline of perhaps 180 days over which I expect a lot of people will buy bump stocks so that they can have them when the price goes up.
With one crime in all of history involving a bump stock, call it statistically impossible to show that this ban does anything, except that I suspect the biggest impact of this law will be to drive Slide Fire out of business.
Slide Fire AR-10 Bump Stock, the SBS-308.