Trump Tells Sessions to Draft 'Bump Stocks' Ban


Almost a week after a school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead and over a dozen injured, President Trump has expressed interest in strengthening existing background checks for gun purchases.

Bump stocks can be used to allow semi-automatic guns to fire at speeds similar to automatic guns.

Millions of gun owners, who support the National Rifle Association and other organizations that fight against restrictions on such weapons, believe that the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees unfettered access to guns.

The motion was defeated by a vote of 36-71 as students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School watched on in disbelief.

Barnes says local checks for pistol and concealed carry permits go much deeper.

Following the deadly school shooting in Florida on February 14, President Trump is directing the Department of Justice to develop regulations to ban bump stocks.

A bump stock can cause a semi-automatic gun to behave similarly to a machine gun, using the gun's recoil to rapidly "bump" the gun's trigger back against the shooter's finger. The sentiment was echoed by the president on Tuesday in a post on his Twitter account.

He said: "Whether we are Republican or Democrat, we must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!"

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Meanwhile, survivors of the Parkland high school shooting launched a campaign under the tag #NeverAgain, urging the USA government to ensure the saftey of the nation's schools.

Ella Fesler, 16-year-old high school student in Alexandria, Virginia, was among the students at the "lie-in" in front of the White House.

Trump is being called out for creating an illusion of executive action.

He was then replaced by a White House staffer, who drove the press van when it joined Trump's motorcade about an hour later on the ride to the Trump International Golf Club, the report said. It would be a small step in the right direction if bump stocks were banned but this alone would not be enough to end these horrific shootings in America.

Since then, DOJ and ATF officials have said publicly and privately that banning bump stocks could not be achieved unilaterally.

Congress has yet to pass any legislation on gun modifications.

Quite a number of Republicans have also shown their willingness since the Florida mass shooting incident to discuss a reform in the gun laws. "Murphy introduced to improve Federal Compliance with Criminal Background check Legislation", the White House said in a statement Monday morning.

The U.S. administration is looking to tighten some regulations involving guns, with President Donald Trump formally recommending the banning of devices that turn firearms into more lethal weapons.