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ATF Begins Formal Review of Bump Stocks Following Kinzinger’s Request

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Washington, December 6, 2017 | Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635) | comments
Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a statement announcing the DOJ and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has started the process to determine whether or not bump stocks fall within the definition of “machinegun” under federal law, which would subject the devices to a significantly higher threshold of regulation.
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Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a statement announcing the DOJ and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has started the process to determine whether or not bump stocks fall within the definition of “machine gun” under federal law, which would subject the devices to a significantly higher threshold of regulation.

On October 1, devices known as a bump stocks were used by the perpetrator of the Las Vegas massacre to increase the firing rate of his rifles and inflict more carnage upon his victims.  In the days following this horrific tragedy, it was discovered that ATF had made determinations in 2010 and 2012 that these mechanisms were technically legal.  On October 11, Congressman Kinzinger led a bipartisan letter to the ATF asking that they re-evaluate bump stocks to determine whether or not they are, in fact, compliant with current laws governing machine guns.

Upon receiving notice from the ATF and DOJ that they have started the regulatory process on this issue, Congressman Kinzinger released the following statement:

I’m pleased by the announcement and extend my thanks to the Attorney General, the DOJ, and the ATF for heeding our bipartisan calls in Congress for a thorough and proper review of these bump-stock devices. These fully-automatic simulator devices have no place in civil society. It is my hope that they conclude that these devices should be regulated in a manner consistent with fully-automatic weapons.

“I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to examine potential legislative options, and I look forward to reviewing the findings from DOJ and ATF.”

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