The Borneo Post (Sabah)

US Justice Department moves to ban rapid fire ‘bump stocks’


WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department moved to redefine machinegun­s to include ‘bump stocks,’ a regulatory tweak that would ban devices used to boost the rate of fire of semi-automatic weapons.

The proposed change must undergo a review but if approved would outlaw the possession, sale or manufactur­e of bump stocks under the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act.

The devices were used to devastatin­g effect by the gunman who rained fire on concert-goers in Las Vegas Oct 1, killing 58 people and injuring more than 850.

After the Feb 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people, President Donald Trump called for a ban on bump stocks even though the semi-automatic rifle used in that case was not fitted with the device. — AFP

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