President Trump just made it official. In light of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, the President is looking for a way to regulate firearms in a way that doesn’t interfere with our Second Amendment rights while also preventing another massacre like the kind that occurred not even a week ago.
Trump already expressed interest over the weekend in expanding and strengthening the background check system at the federal and local level. Now President Trump has taken his most direct action yet when it comes to regulating guns.
The news comes via Axios:
At a Valor Awards Ceremony Tuesday, president Trump announced that he has ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to craft regulations banning “bump stocks” and other devices that speed up the rate of fire for semi-automatic firearms.
The president told Sessions he wants new federal guidelines finalized “very soon,” adding that “we can do more to protect our children. We must do more to protect our children.” Trump said school safety is now a top priority of his administration.
You can see Trump’s remarks below:
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
— ABC News (@ABC) February 20, 2018
Here’s the thing: What Trump is referring to here is what’s known as a ‘bump stock,’ or slide fire stock. These accessories are used to increase the rate at which a semi-automatic rifle fires by essentially using the recoil to “bump” the rifle into the trigger, which is held down by the user.
The shooter in the Florida massacre didn’t use a bump stock that we know of. The shooter in last fall’s killing spree in Las Vegas did.
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