Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Donald Trump finally calls for greater background checks on people buying guns

Donald Trump finally calls for greater background checks on people buying guns

In addition, after the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, I directed (the) attorney general to clarify whether certain bump stock devices like the one used in Las Vegas, are illegal under current law.

Bump stock devices were not used in the Florida school shooting but it became controversial after the Las Vegas mass shooting in October past year in which the gunman used the device and killed 58 concert-goers.

Trump said he would meet this week with students, local leaders, and members of law enforcement to develop "concrete steps" to "secure our schools, safeguard our students, and protect our communities".

'We must do more to protect our children, ' Trump said, adding that his administration was working hard to respond to the Parkland shooting.

"I think that's certainly something that's on the table for us to discuss and that we expect to come up over the next couple of weeks", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, when asked about a possible age requirement.

President Trump moves to ban 'bump stocks'
Students who survived the shooting have been among the most vocal proponents of new gun laws in the wake of the tragedy. Trump in 2000 said he took a middle ground, supporting a ban on assault weapons though generally opposing gun control.

So far Trump has pledged to support laws that will introduce stricter background checks for the purchase of firearms.

He has said he would consider imposing an age requirement of 21 for people to buy guns like the AR-15 used in the killing of 17 people last week when a gunman opened fire at a Florida high school, a source close to the president said.

The powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) said it won't comment on the proposed ban until an actual regulation is published with specifics.

"Whether we are Republican or Democrat, we must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!" the President tweeted.

Still, while Trump has said he wants to listen and has offered support for some limited gun-control measures, gun owners are a key part of his base.

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President Donald Trump announced Tuesday night he has signed a memo that recommends Attorney General Jeff Sessions push for regulation to ban bump stocks.

The president, echoing something Vice President Mike Pence said over the weekend, said school security will be a top priority for his administration. "Banning semi-automatic firearms and accessories has been shown time and again to not prevent criminal activity and simply punishes the law-abiding for the criminal acts of others". Chris Murphy of CT that aims to strengthen how state and federal governments report offenses that could prohibit people from buying guns. "We look forward to the results of that process as soon as it is duly completed".

Despite the president's move, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein doubled down on legislation banning the devices. The march, organized by survivors of the Parkland shooting, is slated for March 24.

In a marathon series of furious weekend tweets from Mar-a-Lago, Trump vented about Russian Federation, raging at the FBI for what he perceived to be a fixation on the Russian Federation investigation at the cost of failing to deter the Florida school attack.

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