Following several mass shootings recently, both pro-gun and anti-gun groups waited to see if President Trump would implement any changes to mitigate the possibility of another mass shooting. It didn’t take long to have an answer to that question. Trump just signed a memo that recommends “bump stocks,” which were used by Stephen Paddock when he gunned down 58 people and injured hundreds more, be banned.
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Trump announced his decision on Tuesday, five days after the most recent school shooting where 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at his former school. According to CNBC, Trump sent the memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“Just a few moments ago I signed a memo directing the attorney general to propose regulations that ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,” Trump said. “I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized, Jeff, very soon.”
Bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic rifles to fire much like fully automatic rifles, have been a hotly contested debate ever since Stephen Paddock used them on 12 of his weapons when he fired thousands of rounds of ammunition down upon unsuspecting music festival guests last year in Las Vegas.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders alluded to the possible banning of the accessory in a press briefing hours before the official announcement.
“The President, when it comes to that, is committed to ensuring that those devices are — again I’m not going to get ahead of the announcement, but I can tell you that the President doesn’t support use of those accessories,” she said.
According to CNN, Sanders also hinted that President Trump would be open to the possibility of raising the age for those who are looking to buy an AR-15 or similar variant. “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.”
This comes after the White House faced an increasing backlash from students who were present during last week’s school shooting.
In wake of Trump’s decision, it’s unclear if students will still marching in Washington next month as they had previously planned. The video below details how a bump stock works.