What is happening? Is President Trump bending to the left’s agenda? On Tuesday, he ordered the Department of Justice to start working on regulations for bump stocks that would ultimately ban the devices.
Bump stocks are used on semi-automatic guns to allow them to shoot hundreds of rounds of ammo in per minute.
Trump could be tossing a bone to the left with the major push for gun regulation after the school shooting in Florida.
“We can do more to protect our children. We must do more to protect our children,” Trump at the White House on Tuesday.
Bump stocks came to the forefront of the gun control debate after the deadly mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival in October that left nearly 60 dead and more than 500 injured. The gunman in that incident allegedly used a bump stock device while firing rounds on the crowd of concert-goers from a hotel room above them.
It does not appear that a bump stock device was used in the Florida shooting, nor does it appear a prohibition on the devices would have stopped that shooter.
Still, Trump’s remarks illustrate a desire on the part of the White House to show action on the issue of guns as students from the school and around the country demand change.
“That process began in December and just a few moments ago I signed a memorandum directing the Attorney General to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,” Trump continued, “I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized, Jeff, very soon.”
“He ordered the Department of Justice and the ATF to review the regulation of bump stocks,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “My understanding is that review has been completed and movement will take place on that shortly. But the president, when it comes to that, is committed to ensuring those devices … The president doesn’t support the use of those accessories.”
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