Trump looks to ban bump stocks after Florida school shooting
These devices turn regular rifles into automatic weapons.
On Tuesday, President Trump indicated that he wants to see so-called bump stocks banned. These devices are used to turn regular rifles into ones that fire much like automatic weapons.
The Las Vegas mass shooter used bump stocks and they played a role in why he was able to fire on so many people in such quick succession.
“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,” Trump stated, referring to Jeff Sessions.
“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 went on to say from the White House.
“I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized very soon.”
The Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, fired over 1,100 rounds from his hotel room high above the Strip at concert-goers attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. Fifty-eight people were killed and another 851 were wounded by bullets or injured in the panic to flee the area.
This news from the president concerning bump stocks comes at a time when lawmakers across the country are being pressured to bring gun control back to the forefront following a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Nikolas Cruz entered his former high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and shot and killed 17 people, most of them students last Wednesday. In the days since, the survivors of the massacre have become activists in their own right, taking part in rallies and doing their best to get American lawmakers to begin working on a solution to mass shootings and gun violence that involve some type of gun control.