DOJ, ATF announce, schedule an examination of the legal status of the bump-fire-stock

FILE – in This Feb. 1, 2013, file photo shows a “bump” stock next to a disassembled .22-caliber rifle at North Raleigh guns in Raleigh, N. C. The gunman, the Oct unleashed hundreds of rounds of gunfire on a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas on Monday. 2, 2017, secured, what, as a “bump-stock” to two of his weapons, in force semi-automatic firearms, to convert into fully automatic love. (AP Photo/Allen breed, file)

(Associated Press)

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives (ATF) announced on Tuesday they had initiated a review of the legality of the bump-fire-stock.

“The judiciary has a duty to enforce our laws to protect our rights and keep the American people safe,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said in a press release. “Have gun parts, which is exclusively for converting a weapon into a machine gun is illegal, except in certain limited circumstances. Today, we begin the process of determining whether or not, you are shares subject to this prohibition.”

The ATF began the regulatory process on Tuesday by the transmission of a notice of the Proposed regulations to the Office of Management and Budget.

“We have to go through the regulatory process, which is required by law and we will be attentive to input from the public,” said sessions. “This Department is serious firearms-related offences, as by the dramatic increase in use of firearms by law enforcement this year. The regulatory clarification, which we begin today, will help us continue to protect the American population through the implementation of laws duly enacted by our representatives in Congress.”

Bump-fire stocks have come under scrutiny after being used by a shooter in Las Vegas, Nev., to kill 58 people.

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