WH: Trump Ordered DOJ, ATF to Review Regulation of Bump Stocks

Melanie Arter | February 20, 2018 | 10:40pm EST
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot of White House video)

(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump has ordered the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to review the regulation of bump stocks, which are used to convert a semi-automatic weapon into a fully automatic weapon, the White House said Tuesday.

“I can tell you that the president supports not having the use of bump stocks and that we expect further action on that in the coming days. He ordered the Department of Justice and the ATF to review the regulation of bump stocks. My understanding is that review has been completed and movement will take place on that shortly,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

“But the president, when it comes to that, is committed to ensuring that those devices are -- well, again, I'm not going to get ahead of the announcement, but I can tell you that the president doesn't support the use of those accessories,” she said.

The possibility of banning bump stocks was raised after the shooting massacre in Las Vegas in October, after the shooter used them to kill 58 people and injure 500, but nothing happened. The Florida school shooting renewed calls for a ban on bump stocks although it wasn’t used by the shooter.

As far as addressing the issue of mental illness and guns, Sanders said, “The president is very focused on mental illness, working with the Health and Human Services Department to determine the best path forward on that, and what is available and allowed under the law -- certainly something that we take very seriously, and something that we want to address, and that we're working hand-in-hand with both the federal government, as well as state and local law enforcement officials on what we legally can do.

“Unfortunately, we can't just flip a switch, but there is a process. We are a law and order country, and the president is trying to do everything that he can under his capacity to address these concerns, and certainly when it comes to mental illness,” she said.

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