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Trump Tells Jeff Sessions To Try To Ban Bump Stocks And Similar Items

A bump stock was used by the shooter in Las Vegas in October.
Posted at 5:31 PM, Feb 20, 2018

President Donald Trump announced he directed Jeff Sessions to look into banning bump stocks and similar devices. 

"Moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns," Trump said.

In October, the Las Vegas shooter used a bump stock to increase the fire rate of his weapons.

It's illegal for private citizens to own fully automatic guns made after 1986.

A bump stock effectively turns a semi-automatic — or single-fire weapon — into a rapid-fire weapon by making the gun "bump" against the shooter's shoulder and trigger finger. 

Trump said he's meeting with governors next week to discuss ways to keep students safe following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.