Gun Buyers: Trump Augments Careful Support to Changes to Background Checks

Gun Buyers: Trump Augments Careful Support to Changes to Background Checks

Gun Buyers: Trump Augments Careful Support to Changes to Background Checks

Trump, calling school safety "a top priority for my administration", said he also planned to meet with law enforcement officials at the White House on Thursday and a number of governors next week to discuss "what the federal and state governments can do to keep our students safe".

Trump "is open to the idea of imposing a minimum purchase age of 21", a report in Axios said Wednesday morning.

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

The gunman who killed dozens at a concert in Las Vegas previous year used bump stock-modified weapons that enabled him to fire at almost the speed of a machine gun.

The modification turns semi-automatic files into machine guns, and such a device was used by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. 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.

Trump made the announcement Tuesday, saying that the memo is the result of a DOJ review of bump stock devices that began in December in the wake of the October massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. "I expect that these critical regulations, Jeff, very soon".

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While this isn't the first shooting at a school in 2018, something has sparked the high school students both at Majory Stoneman Douglas and throughout the U.S., including teens from the DC area who organized a mass lie-in outside the White House yesterday to demand gun reform. It puts Trump at odds with powerful gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association that previously opposed efforts to ban them.

Teenage survivors of the school shooting have called for rallies in Washington and across the country next month in support of tighter restrictions on access to guns.

It has been noted by gun control advocates that many teenagers in America can legally purchase an AR-15 type assault weapon before they're eligible to vote or drink alcohol.

But previous gun tragedies have not led Congress to act.

At the moment, it seems like something less than a half-measure-the NRA actually supports banning bump stocks, but the ban, while positive, won't have the impact that an assault weapon ban or other strict gun control legislation might have.

"Sign after sign this week that we've hit a fulcrum point in this debate where politicians are, for the first time, scared on the political consequences of inaction on guns", Murphy wrote on Twitter.

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