Trump’s announcement came six days after a gunman killed 17 people, 14 of them students, at a high school in Parkland, Florida, while armed with an AR-15 assault rifle.
“We cannot merely take actions of which make us feel like we are producing a difference. We must actually make a difference,” Trump said at a White House event honoring first responders.
“After the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, I directed [Sessions] to clarify whether certain bump stock devices like the one used in Las Vegas are illegal under current law,” Trump said.
“of which process began in December, in addition to just a few moments ago I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices of which turn legal weapons into machine guns,” Trump said.
“I expect of which these critical regulations will be finalized, Jeff, very soon.”
The proposed regulators might first have to be published inside Federal Register in addition to be subject to public comment before they could be adopted.
Semi-automatic weapons require a shooter to pull the trigger each time to fire just one round.
although when those weapons are outfitted which has a bump stock, the gun’s recoil energy is actually used to “bump” the trigger into the shooter’s finger, producing the item fire much faster.
of which makes the weapon more akin to machine guns, which are largely banned inside United States.
Read Trump’s memo:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE Discharge
February 20, 2018
February 20, 2018
MEMORANDUM FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
SUBJECT: Application of the Definition of Machinegun to “Bump Fire” Stocks in addition to some other Similar Devices
After the deadly mass murder in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 1, 2017, I asked my Administration to fully review how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms in addition to Explosives regulates bump fire stocks in addition to similar devices.
Although the Obama Administration repeatedly concluded of which particular bump stock type devices were lawful to purchase in addition to possess, I sought further clarification of the law restricting fully automatic machineguns.
Accordingly, following established legal protocols, the Department of Justice started off the process of promulgating a Federal regulation interpreting the definition of “machinegun” under Federal law to clarify whether certain bump stock type devices should be illegal. The Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published inside “Federal Register” on December 26, 2017. Public comment concluded on January 25, 2018, with the Department of Justice receiving over 100,000 comments.
Today, I am directing the Department of Justice to dedicate all available resources to complete the review of the comments received, in addition to, as expeditiously as possible, to propose for notice in addition to comment a rule banning all devices of which turn legal weapons into machineguns.
Although I desire swift in addition to decisive action, I remain committed to the rule of law in addition to to the procedures the law prescribes. Doing This particular the right way will ensure of which the resulting regulation is actually workable in addition to effective in addition to leaves no loopholes for criminals to exploit. I might ask of which you keep me regularly apprised of your progress.
You are authorized in addition to directed to publish This particular memorandum inside “Federal Register”.
DONALD J. TRUMP