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PolitiFact gave Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (D) a “pants on fire” designation for getting it wrong about Donald Trump and bump stocks.

“Remember after the shooting in Las Vegas, (President Donald Trump) said, ‘Yeah, yeah, we’re going to ban the bump stocks.’ Did he ban the bump stocks? No, because the NRA came crashing down and said, ‘Don’t you dare do any restrictions on our guns around this country,’” PolitiFact reported Kirsten Gillibrand stated on Sunday in a Fox News town hall.

“A reader asked us to fact-check Gillibrand’s statement,” wrote PolitiFact’s  Louis Jacobson. “We found that Gillibrand’s statement flagrantly disregarded the facts. Asked in the town hall about how to curb mass shootings, her answer was to attack — incorrectly — an instance in which Trump actually accomplished a goal that gun critics had sought, and where the administration directly disregarded the NRA, which had opposed an all-out ban. Bump stocks are now illegal in the United States, and it’s directly because of actions by the Trump administration. ‘The senator is wrong,’ said Harold Corzine, a University of Central Florida sociologist who has studied gun policy.”

Gillibrand was also wrong in her claim about the National Rifle Association, PolitiFact reported.

“The final rule was published on Dec. 18, 2018, with acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announcing that bump stocks ‘fall within the definition of “machine gun” under federal law, as such devices allow a shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger.’ The NRA issued a statement after the final rule saying that it opposed an outright ban and had asked for an amnesty period in the rule. Neither request became part of the regulation,” PolitiFact reported.

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