The news comes four months after the Las Vegas concert mass shooting, in which the gunman was found to have used ‘bump stocks’ that significantly increased the rate of fire for the multiple assault weapons he used from his perch on an upper floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.
“I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized, Jeff, very soon,” Trump said during a ceremony in the White House for Medal of Valor recipients. “The key in all of these efforts, as I said the day after shooting, is that we must not take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference – we must take actions that actually make a difference.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a statement underscoring her contention that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives does not have authority to ban bump stocks, and that “legislation is the only answer.”
“The agency made this clear in a 2013 letter to Congress, writing that ‘stocks of this type are not subject to the provisions of federal firearms statutes,’” Feinstein said.
“If ATF tries to ban these devices after admitting repeatedly that it lacks the authority to do so, that process could be tied up in court for years,” Feinstein said, “and that would mean bump stocks would continue to be sold.”
“If you want these devices off the street,” Feinstein told Trump, “call congressional Republicans and tell them to stop blocking our bill.”
Trump’s announcement comes as the administration faces new pressure over accusations of inaction in the wake of multiple deadly shootings, most recently last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
President Trump will host individuals impacted by some of the country’s worst school shootings for a listening session at the White House on Wednesday, according to press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Sanders told reporters Tuesday that community members and victims from last week’s Parkland, Fla. school shooting, as well as victims from the Columbine and Sandy Hook shootings, have been invited to meet at the White House.
Sanders said the listening session would focus on a “wide range of issues.”
“You have a number ofpeople that have unfortunately been through horrific trag