President Donald Trump just announced he has signed a memorandum directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take the initial steps to ban bump stocks.
These items, to the uninitiated, allow one to effectively transform something like an assault rifle into a machine gun, greatly increasing the number of rounds it shoots per second.
This was how Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was able to kill and injure so many people late last year. It must be noted, however, alleged Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz did not use a bump stock and killed 17 people with a standard issue AR-15.
Trump, during a ceremony in which he handed out medals of honor, said the move comes after a considerable amount of research on the part of his administration.
“After the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, I directed Attorney General [Sessions] to clarify whether certain bump stock devices, like the one used in Las Vegas, are illegal under current law,” he said. “That process began in December and, just a few moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. I expect that these critical regulations, Jeff, very soon.”
Additionally, the president will conduct his “listening session” tomorrow, in which he is expected to meet with students and faculty from Stoneman Douglas High School, though details remain scant, with over 100 students traveling to Tallahassee to meet with state lawmakers today.
Watch above, via CNN.
UPDATE 4:48 p.m. EST
Here is text of the memorandum, in full, including a bizarre slam against the Obama administration.
Presidential Memorandum on the Application of the Definition of Machine gun to "Bump Fire" Stocks and Other Similar Devices pic.twitter.com/Oo7C0xjDSo
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