Trump: I’ll Ban ‘Bump Stocks’ Through Executive Order

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will sign an executive order banning bump stocks, an attachment that allows an individual to fire a semi-automatic rifle faster.

“I’m going to write that out. We can do that with an executive order. I‘m essentially going to write it out. You won’t have to worry about bump stocks,” Trump said Wednesday at a White House meeting with lawmakers. “Shortly, that will be gone. We can focus on other things. Frankly, I don’t know that it would be good to have it be in this bill. We’ll have that done. They’re working on it quickly.”


Bump stocks came into the national discourse after a gunman, using a semi-automatic weapon equipped with a bump stock, opened fire into a crowd of concert goers in Las Vegas in October 2017. The gunman killed 58 people and injured numerous others.

Democrats and members of the media have re-invoked the gun control debate in the wake of the tragic Parkland, Fla., shootings on Feb. 14, calling for raising the minimum age for purchasing a rifle, limiting magazines and other more drastic measures.

Trump has shown approval for raising the age of for purchasing a rifle from 18 to 21-years-old. The president has also floated other proposals, like allowing willing high school teachers and coaches conceal carry.

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