After this past school shooting at Parkland High school in Florida, there was a collective outrage among people who push for tighter gun control laws.
President Trump, as any president does after a tragedy such as this, held conferences and meetings trying to come to new solution on the problem. He proposed a multitude of solutions, some with better reception by the public than others.
Even though in this past mass shooting bump stocks were not used, he proposed a ban on them. Unlike his proposal of giving teachers guns along with pay raises for those who carry them, this proposal had a rather positive public reaction.
Bump Stocks and things alike are parts that you can equip on guns to alter their functionality. The bump stock rifle attachment allows a semi-automatic gun to fire at a seemingly automatic rate. That’s easy to understand but the mechanics of how it creates that function is not that simple.
Although it’s function is in the name, it’s not that easy for someone with little knowledge on guns to understand how it works.
The bump stocks allows the stock to slide back and forth freely. It uses the kick back from the gun to slide or “bump” your fingers into the trigger so that every time you fire your finger is automatically bumped back into the trigger which causes it to rapidly fire.
Although fully automatic firearms are mostly illegal, this gun modification is not. Since it allows you to fire at a nearly automatic rate, there has been a push by the people in favor of gun control to have it banned.
Previously in the past, it has been ruled by government officials that the bump stock is a modification that meets legal requirements. There’s good documentation on the ways it qualifies to be legal.
With that being said, Trump is still set on his path to ban them but it seems that there may be some rather substantial obstacles in his way.
Trump would have to go through Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which is the head of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Bureau, mostly known by its initialism of ATF in order to get the regulations for this ban.
Initially that doesn’t seem like much of a problem for the ban, but in 2010 the ATF decided gun accessories can’t be regulated by the ATF since they are not themselves firearms.
With this being said, if the ATF sticks to their guns on the position towards the gun accessories then the ban of the bump stock isn't something we’re likely to see in the near future.