Trump directs Justice Department to ban gun modifications like bump stocks

Trump directs Justice Department to ban gun modifications like bump stocks

President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that he signed a memorandum instructing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose a regulation banning modifications like bump stocks, a device added to semi-automatic weapons that allow them to mimic the speed of fully automatic fire.

Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival shooter Stephen Paddock used a bump stock to kill 58 country music fans and injure 850 more on October 1.

"School safety is a top priority for my administration", the President said moments later at a Medal of Valor ceremony at the White House.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) had completed its review of bump stocks, devices that make semi-automatic guns fire like automatic guns.

In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, students and others nationwide have called for an increase in gun control.

On Monday, a group of local high schoolers took their message directly to the White House.

The school shooting has ignited new calls for restrictions on guns, especially AR-15 style rifles like the one used in a Florida school shooting to kill 17 people last week.

"I think that's certainly something that's on the table for us to discuss and that we expect to come up over the next couple of weeks", Sanders said. "We must move past cliches and exhausted debates and focus on evidence-based solutions and security measures that actually work".

Most automatic rifles have been illegal to own in the U.S. since 1986, so bump stocks create a loophole in the law.

FILE - In this February 1, 2013, file photo, an employee of North Raleigh Guns demonstrates how a "bump" stock works at the Raleigh, N.C., shop.

After earlier mass shootings, Trump has said little about guns, focusing instead on the mental health of shooters.

Trump generally favors a Senate bill on background checks, she said, but she said she had not spoken with him about the House version of the bill, which included concealed carry reciprocity measures.

In addition, 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.

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