Success! Trump Administration Bans Bump Stocks on Guns

Bump stocks can be used to turn a semi-automatic weapon into something resembling a machine gun in order to make it fire faster and kill more people.

The gun attachment became more well-known in October 2017 after a gunman used bump stocks to fire about 90 rounds in 10 seconds, killing 58 people and injuring 489 more.

You might think that this tragedy would be enough to have shut down the availability of bump stocks. But in fact, just one month after the Las Vegas mass murder, one manufacturer of these deadly devices announced his decision to keep selling them to the public. 

In the wake of this deadly shooting and this manufacturer’s decision, the Care2 team created a petition demanding that Congress ban bump stocks to save lives. 

A bump stock replaces the regular stock of a rifle and frees the firearm to slide back and forth rapidly between the shooter’s shoulder and trigger finger, which make the rifle fire rapidly over and over.

Until now the bump stock has not been banned even though it allows a semi-automatic weapon to fire at nearly the rate of a machine gun, a weapon which is banned under the 1986 Firearms Act.

But Now We Have Success!

Thanks to the hard work of gun control activists and over 31,000 Care2 members who signed the petition, the Trump administration announced December 18 their decision to ban bump stocks.

The new regulation states that bump fire stocks, “slide-fire” devices and other similar devices should all fall under the prohibition on machine guns because they allow a “shooter of an semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger.” That makes them illegal under federal law.

In 1986, the National Firearms Act was updated to state that the sale and manufacture of automatic weapons was illegal. Any automatic weapons produced before 1896 are highly regulated and tracked by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

It’s great news that the Trump administration has banned bump stocks, but there is still much more to be done to change the gun culture in the U.S.

However, the good news is that things are beginning to change. Even though Congress refused to take any action in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012, or after the Parkland shootings in February, 2018, state legislators have been active, passing 69 gun control measures  in 2018. 

And it appears that the National Rifle Association might finally be losing some of its power.

We have a long way to go, but the tide has begun to turn.

Why not start your own petition about an issue thats important to you? You can get started by checking out these guidelines and pretty soon youll find the Care2 community signing up to support you.



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hELEN hEARFIELD25 days ago


sandra m
sandra m2 months ago

thank you for reporting what he has done well instead only looking for the things you hate.

Leo C
Leo C2 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

Lorraine A
Lorraine A2 months ago

Very good news!!!!

Toni W
Toni W2 months ago


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Toni W2 months ago


Barb Stuckel
Barb S2 months ago

Great news for gun control propionates.

Tabot T
Tabot T2 months ago

Thank you for posting!

JinnySITEISSUES L2 months ago

One step towards a positive change.....many more to climb. Thanks for sharing.

Jeramie D
Jeramie D2 months ago

Finally. Any movement towards protecting our citizens