Former Attorney General Eric Holder’s DOJ found that using the device, which was used in America’s largest mass shooting, was not a violation of federal law.
In the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre, Democrats have renewed their calls for legislative action against bump-stocks, devices that allows a semi-automatic rifle to mimic a fully automatic weapon.
Leading the legislative effort is Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) who introduced legislation “that would ban the sale and possession of bump-stock equipment.”
According to multiple reports, the Las Vegas gunman had multiple bump-stocks:
“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) told reporters Tuesday that multiple bump stocks were found in the hotel room used by the shooter, who opened fire during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on Sunday, killing 58 people and injuring over 500 others.”
However, in 2010 President Obama’s Department of Justice, which was headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, found that the use of a bump-stock “did not violate federal law.”
“We find that the ‘bump-stock’ is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act,” the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) ruled after being asked for an evaluation of bump-stocks’ legality.
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