The white house on tuesday left the door open to supporting a ban on assault rifles and directed the justice department to craft regulations to ban “bump stocks,” the accessory used to simulate fully automatic fire in the deadly las vegas attack, as the trump administration’s response to the fatal school shooting in florida began to take shape.
president donald trump announced his directive for attorney general jeff sessions on bump stocks and other weapons accessories a day after the white house signaled that he was also open to bolstering background checks on gun sales.
the attention to the issue comes less than a week after the shooting in parkland, florida, where 17 students and staffers at marjory stoneman douglas high school were killed by a gunmen using an ar-15 assault rifle.
“we can do more to protect our children. we must do more to protect our children,” the president said during a white house event honoring local authorities and first responders on tuesday. — cristiano lima