New Gun Law Becomes Official
Article from Town Hall by Matt Vespa.
Well, it’s official. The ban on bump stocks is going into effect. The Trump Administration promised to ban the device that increases the rate of fire of semi-automatic rifles. It doesn’t turn them into machine guns. For those in liberal land, semi-automatic firearms are widespread. They’re legal. They’re not scary. Civilians can own them. We’ve been allowed to own them for a long time.
Yet, the tragic Las Vegas shooting in 2017, where Stephen Paddock murdered 58 people and wounded over 400 more reignited the gun control debate. Paddock used bump stocks to increase the rate of fire as he committed this heinous act, firing on attendees at a country music festival from across the Mandalay Bay resort. It’s the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in modern American history. Bump stocks were green lit by the ATF under Obama. Now, owners of these devices have until March of 2019 before it become illegal to possess them (via AP):
The Trump administration moved Tuesday to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, and has made them illegal to possess beginning in late March.
The devices will be banned under a federal law that prohibits machine guns, according to a senior Justice Department official.
Read the entire article at Town Hall.
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