The headline above was taken from this article in the Daily Mail (UK).
The US Justice Department announced Tuesday that it is reviewing the legality of “bump stocks,” two months after a man shot down 58 concert-goers from a Las Vegas hotel window using the devices.
The Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — which regulates firearms but not gun accessories — will determine whether the devices, which make a semi-automatic weapon perform like an automatic weapon, are illegal.
“Possessing firearm parts that are used exclusively in converting a weapon into a machine gun is illegal, except for certain limited circumstances,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“Today we begin the process of determining whether or not bump stocks are covered by this prohibition.”
So they may already be illegal? But we don’t know for sure? We have to investigate it? We took two months to determine we need to look into whether something is illegal after stating that it might actually be illegal…after it helped someone kill 58 people and wound hundreds of others? It will certainly be interesting to see the result.
But it begs the question. Where is the promised flat out ban that Congress promised within days of the shooting? Couldn’t they have stuffed that in the tax bill too?