Following the Las Vegas massacre last year, and facing outcry after the murders at a Florida High School last week (and 17 others in 2018 alone), President Trump has directed AG Sessions to clarify if 'bump stocks' are illegal; and to propose regulations to "ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns."
“I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized, Jeff, very soon.”
Mr Trump made the announcement at the White House Tuesday, saying that he had signed a memorandum instructing the Justice Department to regulate the firearm accessories that can speed up the rate of fire for semi-automatic rifles.
BREAKING: President Trump says he’s directed AG Sessions to clarify if bump stocks are illegal and to propose regulations to “ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.” pic.twitter.com/cnZ2mc08TF— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 20, 2018
The president also 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.
"We cannot imagine the depth of their anguish, but we can pledge the strength of our resolve," he said.
"And we must to do more to protect our children. We have to do more to protect our children."
Also says focus will be, "common sense security measures and addressing mental health issues"
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.