Trump administration bans bump stocks, but school safety report disappoints


National News

December 19, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Students are evacuated by police out of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooting on Feb. 14. (Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration followed through Tuesday on the president’s promise to ban so-called bump stocks, even as a new school safety report disappointed advocates who hoped the administration would consider additional gun control measures.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker signed off on new regulatory language that will alter the definition of bump stocks, clarifying that they fall within the definition of machine guns, which most civilians are forbidden to own under federal law, a Justice Department spokesperson said.

The new language will be published Friday in the Federal Register, giving owners of bump stocks 90 days to destroy them or turn them in to law enforcement authorities. The devices allow semiautomatic guns to fire more rapidly.

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