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PolitiFact: Did Obama administration approve bump stocks?



PolitiFact staff
Friday, October 13, 2017

In an Oct. 5 press release, the National Rifle Association said, “The Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions.”

Our ruling

The NRA said, “The Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions.”

We indeed found two occasions in which ATF, a bureau within the executive branch, decided it could not regulate bump stocks during the Obama administration.

These decisions allowed two companies to sell bump stocks. It’s important to note this was not a statement of Obama’s preferred policy, which called for more regulation of guns, but was what the agency determined it had to do under the language of current law.

We rate this statement Mostly True.

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