The Trump administration announced it would move to ban “bump stocks,” devices that allow semiautomatic weapons to fire more rapidly, adding that the devices must be destroyed or surrendered to law enforcement.
BREAKING — Justice Department is issuing its final rule today that bans bump stocks, according to DOJ official, who tells reporters there are 10s of thousands in US.
"People who posses them will be required to destroy them, or they may turn them in to ATF [within] 90 days.” pic.twitter.com/jIfbf74TWi
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) December 18, 2018
The move deals a blow to the National Rifle Association, which has otherwise remained steadfast in its support of President Donald Trump.
As if to defend the legitimacy of the organization, the NRA tweeted a quote from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas supporting its mantra that the “overwhelming majority of citizens who own and use” semiautomatic rifles “do so for lawful purposes, including self defense.”
"Roughly five million Americans own AR-style semiautomatic rifles. The overwhelming majority of citizens who own and use such rifles do so for lawful purposes, including self-defense…" – Justice Clarence Thomas
— NRA (@NRA) December 18, 2018
This didn’t go over well with many of the NRA’s critics, who viewed the tweet as an example of its willingness to challenge the ruling.
If you need an AR-style semiautomatic rifle for personal self defense maybe you need to go back to target practice.
— Mike Pence's Beard (@SlappyKeller) December 18, 2018
Five million people need semiautomatic rifles for self-defense? What alien invasion did I miss?
— Jared M. Gordon (@JaredMGordon) December 18, 2018
The Second Amendment gives you the right to bear arms. It does not give you the right to own a machine gun, tank, or nuclear weapon.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) December 18, 2018
One individual pointed out that it’s not the majority of law-abiding gun owners who are the problem, but the minority who commit atrocities such as mass shootings.
Problematic word in your statement would be the majority. The minority that use them improperly are a huge problem.
— Cassandra (@Cassand03419382) December 18, 2018
Another invoked the name of Maria Butina, the Russian agent who recently admitted to infiltrating Republican political circles—including the NRA—in a bid to influence U.S. relations with Russia. Butina’s actions, prosecutors said, were part of a plan to “establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics.”
….and this has what to do with bump stocks? This isn't a ban on AR-15s.
C'mon guys, go attack more ER doctors, since having your ass handed to you seems to be your new past time.
How's Butina by the way?
— Stephen Kraus (@Sf00Ub3) December 18, 2018