Moments Ago: Trump Said Exactly Which Gun Control Proposals He Is Seeking

President Trump took to social media on Monday morning and shared which gun control proposals he and his administration would be pursuing as a result of the horrific shooing incident in Parkland, Florida.

“Very strong improvement and strengthening of background checks will be fully backed by White House,” Trump tweeted. “Legislation moving forward. Bump Stocks will soon be out. Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to conceal carry, subject to State Law. Armed guards OK, deterrent!”

“On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting,” the President also added. “States are making this decision. Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly).”

The proposals in the tweet sound similar to an effort started by the Justice Department on Saturday, to ban the use and sale of bump stocks.

Per the Hill:

The Trump administration on Saturday began the process to ban bump stocks through regulatory action.

“The Department of Justice has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the National Firearms and Gun Control Act defines ‘machinegun’ to include bump stock type devices,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted a notice of a regulation regarding the definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act and proposing to include “bump stock type devices, and that federal law accordingly prohibits the possession, sale, or manufacture of such devices.”

USA Today has more on the bump stock ban:

The move comes after President Trump signed an executive order that instructed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to regulate the devices, which help speed up the pace of gunfire and allow semi-automatic guns to fire at a rate that mimics a fully automatic firearm.

On Saturday, Sessions announced his office submitted a notice to the Office of Management and Budget that would clarify the definition of “machinegun” and add bump stocks to the list of devices banned.

“If schools are mandated to be gun free zones, violence and danger are given an open invitation to enter. Almost all school shootings are in gun free zones. Cowards will only go where there is no deterrent!” Trump also tweeted on Monday morning.

The high school shooting which left 14 students and 3 staff members killed immediately caused state and local government to enact their own legislative responses.

Per CNN:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 7026 into law Friday, the first gun control legislation enacted in the state after the Parkland school massacre on February 14.

The law, known as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, tightens gun control in several ways but also allows some teachers to be armed.

Scott, surrounded by families of the victims, recounted the grief visited on his state in the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day carnage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland and, in 2016, the shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale Airport.

“The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do as governor is try to find the words to console a parent who has lost their child,” Scott said. “There are just no words.”

Here’s more:

One provision of the law raises the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21 from 18.

Scott received the $400 million bill Thursday following days of impassioned, often contentious debate in the majority-Republican House and Senate. He praised the Legislature, contrasting its quick action with what he called the inefficiency of the federal government in Washington.

A controversial part of the new law is known as the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which arms some teachers if both the local school district and local sheriff’s department agree. The $67 million provision is named after the coach who shielded students with his own body and died in last month’s shooting.

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