Donald Trump orders Justice Department to ban rapid-fire gun modifications

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 21, 2018

The devices received nationwide attention following a mass shooting in October previous year in Las Vegas in which 58 people were killed.

"I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized. very soon", Trump said during an event at the White House honoring first responders.

Abaca Press/Douliery Olivier/Abaca/Sipa USA/NewscomIn the wake of last week's shooting Parkland Florida-which left 17 people dead-President Donald Trump announced his intention to ban bump stocks.

Regulations on bump stocks has garnered recent support from both sides of the gun control debate, but Trump's move goes further than the tepid support his administration had offered for the move a year ago.

On Wednesday, the president is scheduled to meet with high school students for what is being billed as a "listening session".

After the shooting in Parkland, a number of students have called for marches across the country to promote new gun restrictions. The White House said he now favoured a limited strengthening of federal background checks on gun purchases.

"We must move past cliches and exhausted debates and focus on evidence-based solutions and security measures that actually work and that make it easier for men and women of law enforcement to protect our children and to protect our safety", Trump said Tuesday.

Separately, Republican Senator Pat Toomey said that he would reintroduce an expanded background-check bill that he and Democratic Joe Manchin attempted to usher through the Senate in 2013, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. "We must do more to protect our children", Trump said during a Medal of Valor ceremony Tuesday afternoon. That was a concern because a tip about the confessed gunman in a Florida high school shooting was reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but was never acted upon. "After the deadly shooting in Las Vegas I directed the attorney general to clarify whether certain bump stock devices, like the one used in Las Vegas, are illegal under current law - that process began in December". So far, Trump has strongly supported gun rights.

After a mass shooting last November in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 25 people died, the Air Force acknowledged that the killer - who received a "bad conduct" discharge from the military - should not have been able to buy guns, but those records were never placed in the instant check system.

Ms Huckabee Sanders had indicated, just before Mr Trump's announcement, that the relevant agencies were nearing the completion of their study into bump stock regulations.

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