December 19, 2018

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US bans 'bump stocks' on semi-automatic weapons

US bans 'bump stocks' on semi-automatic weaponsThe US government said Tuesday it was banning bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns and that were used in a mass shooting in Las Vegas in October 2017. The devices, which harness the recoil of a semi-automatic rifle's discharge to make the trigger fire faster, effectively turn the weapons into machine guns, which are illegal, the Justice Department said. Bump stocks allow a "shooter of a semi-automatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger," the department said in a statement.

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The Latest: NRA ‘disappointed’ by bump stock ban

The Latest: NRA 'disappointed' by bump stock banThe National Rifle Association is "disappointed" with the Trump administration's plan to outlaw bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire continuously. Spokeswoman Jennifer Baker says the Justice Department should provide amnesty for gun owners who already have the devices. The Justice Department says the attachments will be banned beginning in late March under a law that prohibits machine guns.

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Judge delays Flynn sentencing, 'not hiding disgust' at crime

Judge delays Flynn sentencing, 'not hiding disgust' at crimeWASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday abruptly postponed the sentencing of President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, declaring himself disgusted and disdainful of Flynn's crime of lying to the FBI and raising the unexpected prospect of sending the retired Army lieutenant general to prison.

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Flynn’s Risk of Prison Resurfaces

Flynn’s Risk of Prison ResurfacesThe startling turn of events in a Washington federal court came after the sentencing judge, Emmet Sullivan, pressed prosecutors for more details about Flynn’s illegal deeds and expressed “disgust” and “disdain” for the seriousness of Flynn’s offenses. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying during an early 2017 FBI interview about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

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