Justice Dept. charges Texas man under US bump stock ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has brought its first case for violating the federal ban on bump stocks, devices that allow a semi-automatic firearm to fire rapidly like a machine gun.

Federal prosecutors say Ajay Dhingra of Houston has been charged with possessing a machine gun, making false statements to acquire a firearm and other charges.

They say Dhingra came on the radar of law enforcement after sending a “concerning message” to the George Bush Foundation. Prosecutors said he’d been committed to a psychiatric facility and was prohibited from owning firearms.

Investigators found two guns at Dhingra’s house, including an AR-15 rifle with an attached bump stock. Court documents said they also found four 100-catriridge magazines.

A nationwide ban on bump stocks took effect in March.

Dhingra’s attorney declined to comment.

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