Trump asks Justice Department to write regulations banning gun bump stocks

Posted February 22, 2018

"We must do more to protect our children", Trump continued, adding that school safety is now a top priority of his administration. She said a federal age limit for the purchase of those weapons may also be discussed.

Pressure has been mounting for action on guns after the Parkland, Florida shooting that left 17 dead, including 15 students.

In most U.S. states, the legal age to buy a hand gun from a licensed dealer is 21, however you only have to be 18 to purchase a rifle or shotgun.

After the shooting rampage in Las Vegas last October, he mentioned the possibility of banning the devices in question, called "bump stocks".

He will continue to meet with state and local law politicians, as well as law enforcement representatives, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during her televised briefing Tuesday.

"We can not merely take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference", Trump said.

Meanwhile, survivors of the Parkland high school shooting launched a campaign under the tag #NeverAgain, urging the United States government to ensure the saftey of the nation's schools.

Trump was scheduled to host a listening session Wednesday with high school students and teachers from the Florida school, and from other schools that suffered similar attacks, such as Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Former student Nikolas Cruz was charged with killing 17 people and wounding another 15 after opening fire with his AR-15 rifle.

There have been increased calls from Democrats and activists to tighten gun-control laws in the wake of the Florida shooting.

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered the Justice Department to write new regulations that would "ban all devices" like bump stocks used in the 2017 Las Vegas concert massacre.

"We will be working very, very hard on that frightful, disgusting issue that took place last week in Florida", Trump said at an event on Tuesday. His political base of Republican voters overwhelmingly disapprove of most gun control actions and the President has enjoyed the support of the NRA.

Repeatedly during the 2016 Presidential campaign candidate Trump had made direct promises to American gun voters that he supports the Second Amendment and promised to protect it at all cost.