WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is preparing to formally ban special bullets, which would put an end to the sale of attachments that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire faster and that would follow a prescription. made by President Trump to judge this year Department to regulate the devices.
An administration official announced Wednesday night that an official ban would be put in place in the coming days or weeks, a schedule announced for the first time by CNN. Mr. Trump, who hinted in recent weeks that the ban would be imminent, first called on the Justice Department to re-examine the regulation after a February shootout in a Florida high school has killed 17 people.
The president's statement sparked a series of events that surprised officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who had previously been tasked with determining whether the devices could be banned, a directive given after the Las Vegas massacre in October. 2017
In this large-scale shooting, the deadliest in modern history, an armed man using anti-hump weapons killed 58 people. The shooter fired about 90 shots in 10 seconds.
Just last month, Mr. Trump publicly announced that a ban would be imminent.
"So we are eliminating the basic stocks," The president said at a press conference announcing a reorganized trade deal with Canada. "I told the N.R.A. I told them: the bump stocks are gone. "
He added, "And in the next two weeks, I'll be able to write it."
The initiative to ban exceptional stocks was met with skepticism by congressional lawmakers, who wondered whether this would be enough to fight the scourge of large-scale shootings. (The device was not used during the shootings in Florida, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.) This decision also drew the caution of lawmakers who said that taking executive action on the device could lead to prosecution.
The National Rifle Association did not immediately return a request for comment on Wednesday night, but the organization initially supported an A.T.F. camera review after filming Las Vegas. At the same time, the firearms association had also urged Congress to pass legislation allowing concealed license holders to bear arms in all 50 states.
Although he has worked to ensure that mogul stocks are banned, Trump remains a staunch defender of gun rights and the second amendment, often citing it as being assaulted by Democrats.