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Trump Privately Extols Raising Age Limits on Long Guns

Pres. Trump says more must be done to protect children Pres. Trump says more must be done to protect children
Sammy Stanley | 22 February, 2018, 02:59

The announcement came less than a week after the shooting deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

A bump stock basically replaces a gun's shoulder rest with a "support step" that covers the trigger opening.

As a Republican president whose party controls all three branches of government, and someone who has proven insulated from Republican criticism, Trump may be in a position to get something major done on gun control.

Trump directed the Justice Department to draft a ban on devices known as “bump stocks, ” molded pieces of plastic or metal that can attach to a legal semiautomatic gun and allow it to fire up to 100 rounds in seven seconds, similar to an illegal machine gun. It was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue that has long tied Washington in knots.

"The key in all of these efforts is that we can not merely take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference", Trump said.

Over the weekend, the White House said he had spoken to Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, about a bipartisan bill created to strengthen the Federal Bureau of Investigation database of prohibited gun buyers.

The White House on Tuesday indicated new age limits could be up for debate.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who pushed for legislation last fall to ban bump stocks, said in a statement on Tuesday that she was "glad President Trump finally understands that bump stocks should be illegal" but added that he needs to support the congressional bill to do so because the ATF is unable to take that action alone.

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.

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Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Markle capped the past week by watching the Broadway musical Hamilton at London's West End Theatre. David Conner, the Dean of Windsor will lead the service, according to People .

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But the acting director of the ATF told lawmakers in December that the ATF and Justice Department would not have initiated the review if a ban "wasn't a possibility at the end".

President Trump - under pressure from angry, grieving students from a Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people last week - ordered the Justice Department on Tuesday to issue regulations banning bump stocks, which convert semiautomatic guns into automatic weapons like those used previous year in the massacre of concertgoers in Las Vegas.

The Justice Department said "this is a priority for the president" and it has acted quickly to move through the rule-making process.

"We will go through the regulatory process that is required by law and we will be attentive to input from the public", Sessions said at the time.

A day earlier, Trump sent another signal he had been swayed by the Parkland shooting and the dramatic calls for action in its aftermath.

Trump is hosting a listening session with high school students and teachers from Parkland at the White House on Wednesday.

The president was moved by a visit Friday with Florida victims in the hospital and is trying to work on solutions, said a person familiar with his thinking who sought anonymity to discuss internal conversations.

Pressure has been mounting for action after the Parkland shooting. Still, the discussion of some types of gun control legislation is a dramatic turnaround for Florida, which has earned the nickname the "Gunshine State" for its gun policies. It was America's worst ever mass-shooting by a lone gunman that injured more than 500 people also. There are federal, state and local laws governing the possession and carrying of guns that vary from state to state, however.

So far, Trumps public stances have not crossed the agenda of the powerful pro-gun-rights National Rifle Association, which endorsed him during the 2016 Republican primary and spent more than $30 million supporting his candidacy and attacking his opponent in the general election, Hillary Clinton.

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