President Trump moves to ban ‘bump stocks’
ABC NEWS– President Donald Trump announced Tuesday his signing of a memorandum directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose new regulations that would ban devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.
BREAKING: President Trump has directed the Justice Department to ban gun modifications like bump stocks.
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The news comes more than four months after the Las Vegas concert mass shooting, in which the assailant was found to have used ‘bump stocks’ that significantly increased the rate of fire for the multiple assault weapons he used from his perch in the Mandalay Bay hotel.
“I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized,Jeff, very soon,” Trump said during a ceremony in the White House for Medal of Valor recipients. “The key in all of these efforts as I said the day after shooting is that we must not take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference we must take actions that actually make a difference.”
BREAKING: President Trump says he’s directed Attorney General Sessions to propose regulations to ban “all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.” https://t.co/O0pXTKVqV6 pic.twitter.com/SnM7pyCiLn
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The announcement comes as the administration faced new pressure over accusations of inaction in the wake of multiple deadly shootings, most recently last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
President Trump will host individuals impacted by some of the country’s worst school shootings for a listening session at the White House on Wednesday, according to press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Sanders told reporters Tuesday that community members and victims from last week’s Parkland, Fla. school shooting, as well as victims from the Columbine and Sandy Hook shootings, have been invited to meet at the White House.
Sanders said the listening session would focus on a “wide range of issues.”
“You have a number of people that have unfortunately been through horrific tragedy like the one we saw in Parkland, Florida, last week as well as some that hope they never have to go through that,” Sanders said. “This is a listening session to see what can be done better, what the actual concerns of the students are, what they would like to see.”
After the shooting in Parkland, a number of students have called for marches across the country to promote new gun restrictions. The White House has so far only stated support for a bill that would seek to improve the national background check system.
Sanders did not answer definitively, however, when asked whether the president would oppose reinstating a ban on assault weapons.
“We haven’t closed the door on any front,” Sanders said. “That’s what the next several days and weeks will be, to have conversations and see what this process looks like.”
The briefing is Sanders’ first in a week, after the White House cancelled a Valentine’s Day briefing, citing the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.