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‘Bump stock’ regulations gained momentum after the shooting in Las Vegas last year.
Trump said he directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose the new regulations, which would come amid persistent pressure from activists following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead.
“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 reportedly said at a Medal of Valor event at the White House. “The key in all these efforts… is that we cannot merely take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make a difference.”
Trump added that he wanted the regulations to be finalized “soon.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders signaled on Tuesday that Trump would be open to “bump stock” regulations, an idea that gained momentum following the shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada late last year.
“I can tell you that the President doesn’t support use of those accessories,” Sanders said.
“Bump stocks” are legal mechanisms that convert semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic weapons. Shortly after the Las Vegas shooting, which killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 others, it was determined that the shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, used the device.
It was reported that Paddock had two bump stock devices in his room where police found him dead. It has not been said whether Nikolas Cruz, 19, the shooter identified in the school shooting in Florida, used such a device when he shot people in Marjory Douglas High School.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).