AG Sessions Floats Proposal to Tighten Regulation on Bump Stocks
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the Department of Justice is publishing for comment a proposal to change federal regulations to classify bump stocks as machine guns.
Bump stocks, devices that enable a semiautomatic weapon to function as a fully automatic one, have been the object of controversy since a mass shooting in Las Vegas last year where 58 people died and hundreds more were injured.
In a news release late Friday, Sessions said, "President (Donald) Trump has had no higher priority than the safety of each and every American."
Sessions said that focus on safety was the reason behind Friday's move, the publishing of a proposed rule change.
U.S. citizens will have 90 days to comment on the proposal, which "would define ‘machinegun' to include bump stock-type devices under federal law -- effectively banning them," the statement said.
Public comments do not necessarily have an impact on whether the proposal is implemented or not; federal officials will still have the final say on how and whether the classification of bump stocks is changed.
Investigators Enter UK Headquarters of Research Firm Cambridge Analytica
British investigators have entered the London offices of the data research firm Cambridge Analytica, which is at the center of controversy over the alleged use of millions of people’s personal data from the Facebook social network.
About 20 investigators arrived at the firm’s central London offices late Friday, soon after a judge granted a search warrant that Britain’s Information Commissioners Office had requested.
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is investigating claims the research firm illegally acquired the personal data from Facebook.
The research firm is alleged to have illegally used the data of an estimated 50 million Facebook users to build profiles for U.S. political campaigns, including the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.