Breaking: President Trump Moves To Ban Popular AR-15 Mods

As reported by CBS:


Last Updated Feb 20, 2018 4:41 PM EST

President Trump, hosting the Public Safety Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the White House Tuesday, said he has directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to draft regulations that would ban any devices that would turn legal, semi-automatic firearms into automatic weapons, after studying the issue of bump stocks from the Las Vegas shooting. The regulations will be finalized “very soon,” he said.

The comments mark the president’s first public appearance in Washington since his brief speech Thursday after the Parkland shooting, and his comments on bump stocks are the first he has made definitively proposing a policy solution related to gun control. Mr. Trump said his memo to Sessions directing the change came after months of reviewing the issue. The president has also indicated he would be open to universal background checks, which have wide public approval. The suspect in the Parkland massacre, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, did not use a bump stock.

The president said he is “grieving for the community of Parkland in the great state of Florida.”

“We’re working very hard to make sense of these events,” the president told members of law enforcement and first responders there Tuesday.

The president, echoing something Vice President Mike Pence said over the weekend, said school security will be a top priority for his administration.


The Justice Department did not give a timeline on when such regulations — which must go through a comment period and could be subject to legal objections — will be completed. “The department understands this is a priority for the president and has acted quickly to move through the rulemaking process,” the DOJ said in a statement. “We look forward to the results of that process as soon as it is duly completed.”


The memo President Trump sent Attorney General Jeff Sessions


The president also called for better physical protection of schools, and for better coordination between federal and state law enforcement in order to take “swift action” when there are warning signs. The FBI admitted last week it failed to follow up on a January tip about the suspect in the Florida shooting, who had been expelled from the high school.

“We cannot imagine the depth of their anguish, but we can pledge the strength of our resolve,” he said of the victims and their families. “And we must to do more to protect our children. We have to do more to protect our children.”

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