The Justice Department, however, is considering a measure that would ban bump-stock weapons as part of an existing ban on machine guns, the Journal reported Saturday.
The step is incremental, and the Justice Department still must go through a lengthy process to make the proposed regulation a reality.
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In the wake of the Las Vegas attack, which sparked a nationwide discussion about banning the devices, Republicans in Congress and the National Rifle Association have pointed to the ATF to regulate the devices, rather than advocating for a legislative approach. And in December, Sessions announced that he was initiating the process to potentially change federal regulations and would be accepting public comments through January 25.
He would have to complete a similar public comment process if the Office of Management and Budget approves the proposed regulation.
The release states that a notice has been submitted by the D.O.J.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".
The law defines a machine gun as a weapon that fires more than one shot with "a single function of the trigger".
It only took yet another highly publicized school shooting to galvanize the Trump administration into action regarding gun control laws in America.
The decision to classify bump stocks as a machine gun would reverse a 2010 ruling by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to Fox News.