President Trump will take steps to ban bump stocks that turn semi-automatic weapons into machine guns in the wake of the Florida shooting. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders made the dramatic revelation during a press conference Tuesday.
Asked about Trump’s pre-election comments on banning bump stocks, she said: ‘The president supports not having the use of bump stocks, and that we expect further action on that in the coming days. ‘I can tell you that he ordered the Department of Justice and ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) to review regulation of bump stocks Sanders continued: ‘My understanding is that review has been completed and movement will take place on that review shortly, but the president, when it comes to that, is committed to ensuring those devices…are…well I’m not going to get ahead of the announcement, but i can tell you the president does not support the use of those weapons.’
During the press conference, Sanders also appeared to contradict Trump’s weekend tweet claiming if the FBI had spent less time investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, they wouldn’t have missed a tip-off about Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz. Asked if she agreed with her boss’ FBI-blaming comments, she said: ‘I think the cause of this was a deranged individual that took the decision to take the lives of 17 other people.’ Sanders said Trump and his advisors would meet victims’ families and survivors of the massacre at the White House Wednesday, before chatting with other lawmakers to discuss what steps could be taken to avoid future gun massacres. Trump received $20million in donations from the NRA in the run-up to his election success. Last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl, saw ex-student Nikolas Cruz, 17, kill 14 students and three school workers with an AR-15 assault rifle.
The semi-automatic weapon, which he had legally obtained, can easily be converted into a machine gun using bump stocks. The same weapon was used by Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza to kill 20 children at the elementary school in 2012, and Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock last October.