Trump seeks ban on gun modifications like bump stocks

A woman is rushed from the school by paramedics after the shooting. 17 people died after being shot. Source Getty

A woman is rushed from the school by paramedics after the shooting. 17 people died after being shot. Source Getty

Trump spoke during a White House ceremony Tuesday recognizing bravery by the nation's public safety officers.

His decision follows last week's deadly high school shooting in Florida in which 17 people were killed.

The Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) has been reviewing whether adding a bumpstock makes a gun a "machine gun" since last December, after a gunman armed with multiple weapons outfitted with bumpstocks killed 58 people and injured over 800 in Las Vegas.

The new regulations, which are still being negotiated, would likely ban the use of bump stocks- the accessory which turns semi-automatic guns into automatic weapons.

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Both Democrats and Republicans agreed in the nationwide wave of horror following the Las Vegas attack that the sale of bump stocks should be outlawed.

Under pressure after the deadliest shooting at a United States high school, Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to quickly complete a proposed rule that would treat "bump stocks" as machine guns, which could effectively outlaw them in the US.

Trump said he wants the "critical regulations" to be finalized "very soon".

On Wednesday, Trump will host parents, teachers and students at the White House for a "listening session" that will include people impacted by mass shootings in Parkland, Columbine, Colorado and Newtown. The demonstration was planned by a new organisation called Teens For Gun Reform, which formed in the wake of the Parkland shooting.

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Why this matters: President Trump has faced increasing pressure in recent days from gun control advocates to pass stricter laws following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It puts Trump at odds with powerful gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association that previously opposed efforts to ban them.

Dozens of students have staged a "lie-in" outside the White House to demand presidential action on stricter gun control laws. Suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz was "troubled" and reportedly suffers from mental ill-health, yet was still able to acquire an AR-15 rifle.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement Tuesday that the DOJ has "acted quickly" on the measure to propose bump fire stock bans, noting it was a "priority for the President".

This announcement came moments after the Florida House of Representatives opted to vote down a motion that would revive a bill to ban assault rifles and large capacity magazines statewide.

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