Trump directs Justice Dept. to ban gun modifications like bump stocks


Instead, he promised to prioritise school safety and "tackle the hard issue of mental health".

After a shooting in Las Vegas last October that left 58 dead - the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history - calls went out for a ban on an accessory known as a "bump stock". On October 1, 2017, a gunman had killed 59 people at a concert using bump fire stocks.

At a press briefing shortly before the medal ceremony, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump was working with individuals, state and local officials, and federal officials to reach solutions on gun legislation.

Over the weekend, the White House said he had spoken Friday to Sen. "We can not merely take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference, we must actually make a difference".

The White House on Monday said President Trump would be open to supporting a bipartisan bill in Congress aimed at improving the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the federal database used for background checks in gun purchases. Little did they know that at 2:19 pm, their school would become the scene of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history - one that would claim the lives of 14 students and three educators.

That will include, the president said, "implementing commonsense security measures and addressing mental health issues, including better coordination between federal and state law enforcement to take swift action when there are warning signs".

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One White House source told POLITICO that he and fellow administration officials were taken aback by the bump stock announcement. The White House announced that a "listening session" would be held with high school students and teachers Wednesday.

During the press conference, Sanders also appeared to contradict Trump's weekend tweet claiming if the Federal Bureau of Investigation had spent less time investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, they wouldn't have missed a tip-off about Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz. In the Sunshine State, while handgun purchases require a three-day waiting period, the semi-automatic AR-15 gun used by Cruz, can be bought nearly instantly.

"We want to prevent mass shootings from happening and while this could have happened with other types of weapons, NeverAgain believes school safety should be priority right now, not just background checks", said Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Kali Clougherty, 18, referring to a campaign for gun control.

"You guys need to make sure that you stay strong and you keep the message!" a Florida high school student told a crowd as he stood atop a black van.

George Clooney and his human rights lawyer wife Amal, Oprah Winfrey, director Steven Spielberg and his wife, actress Kate Capshaw, and film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife Marilyn each pledged $500,000.

"Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country". The NRA has convinced its members - and the many members of Congress the organization donates to - that allowing any sort of movement toward more gun control is an inevitable step to someone from the government coming along to collect your guns.