Trump Open to Improving Background Checks, Spokesman Says

Accordingly, following established legal protocols, the Department of Justice started the process of promulgating a Federal regulation interpreting the definition of "machine-gun" under Federal law to clarify whether certain bump stock type devices should be illegal.

But because this ban addresses the function of bump stocks - fully automatic fire - and not the devices themselves, it paves the way to ban additional devices, like trigger cranks, that achieve the same effect.

A public comment period for the review closed last month. After a mass shooting in Las Vegas a year ago, officials said they were studying a ban on bump stocks, an attachment that allows a rifle to fire more frequently.

During the televised White House "listening session" with students, parents and people affected by other U.S. school shootings, Trump spoke at length about how armed teachers and security guards could frighten off potential shooters and prevent more deaths.

Congress banned the sale and manufacture of machine guns for civilian use in 1986, and machine guns in circulation before then are tightly regulated, limited in number and expensive.

"We'll be very strong on background checks, very strong emphasis on the mental health of somebody", Trump told the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during Wednesday's televised event at the White House.

The president spent most of the weekend at Mar-a-Lago, as White House aides advised against golfing too soon after the shooting at a Parkland high school that left 17 dead.

Trump also promised "very strong" background checks on gun owners during the poignant "listening session", in which he heard first-hand accounts from bereaved parents and friends, and schoolchildren who narrowly escaped with their own lives.

Trump will also meet with law enforcement officials Thursday.

A gunman last Wednesday, armed with a legally purchased AR-15-style assault rifle, attacked Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, about 45 miles north of Miami. Sanders said the victims and their families remain in the administration's thoughts and prayers. "Because my daughter, I'm not going to see again", said Pollack.

"It's not going to be talk like it has been in the past."
The Washington Post featured Crooks in a story Tuesday.

Crystal Jordan, a 15-year old from Spotsylvania, Virginia, said it was scary to go to school now. You don't want to be me.

Democrats have argued that legislation is needed to ban them, given the ATF's finding that it lacked the authority to ban the devices under current law. Democrats say corporations - not individuals - received too numerous benefits. "We must do more to protect our children", Trump said during the announcement at the White House.

"If he had a firearm, he wouldn't have had to run, he would have shot and that would have been the end of it", Trump said.

A motorcade carrying President Trump arrives at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday.

Trump tweets Tuesday to Pennsylvania: "Your Original was correct!" We must not let them down.

Some of them arrived on Tuesday in time to see the state legislature reject a proposed ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines.

Trump disavowed those statements during the 2016 campaign.

Some of the students even praised Trump's leadership. Obama was addressing Trump's claims of voter fraud, not Russia's attempt to influence voters on social media.

The student body president at the Parkland school, Julia Cordover, tearfully told Trump that she "was lucky enough to come home from school".

"While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system", she said.

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in a statement on Monday that Trump spoke with Sen.

Gun control advocates also back the bill sponsored by Senators Joh Cornyn, a Republican, and Chris Murphy, a Democrat.

  • Leroy Wright