Trump backs effort to improve gun background checks

22 February, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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The president, making his first extensive remarks since the Florida killings, declared "school safety is a top priority for my administration", adding he will meet with state governors next week to discuss the topic.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Mr Trump wouldn't rule out other options to tighten gun laws in the United States, such as raising the minimum age for buying firearms or banning assault rifles used in a number of mass shooting tragedies.

"We call on President Trump and leaders from both parties to finally act in the interest of America's youth and end these tragic mass shootings!".

Students, many using the mantra NeverAgain, are mobilising around the country in favour of stronger gun laws after the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history took place on Wednesday at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student is accused of murdering 17 people using an assault-style rifle.

Trump's announcement comes after lawmakers, and the public has been fighting to ban the bump fire stocks, which was what allowed Stephen Braddock in Las Vegas to kill so many innocent victims.

But a bill introduced to ban bump stocks, trigger cranks and other devices that can speed up a semi-automatic rifle's rate of fire has since stalled. Since the school shooting in Florida last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has admitted to not following protocol after receiving a tip about shooting suspect, Nikolas Cruz.

"I signed a memorandum directing the Attorney General to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns".

"I expect these regulations to be finalized very soon", he said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday that "while discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered", Trump remains supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system for firearms purchases.

The fact was brought into stark relief as details about Nikolas Cruz, who legally purchased his AR-15 when he was 18 past year, emerged after he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) said it won't comment on the proposed ban until an actual regulation is published with specifics.

Using social media, the teens rallied over the weekend, creating their lie-in (or as they called it, according to CNN, a "die-in.") on President's Day. The 19-year-old accused shooter used a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle.

A legislative effort to ban the device, which allows a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute, fizzled out previous year.

Polls show growing support for gun control measures.


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