This afternoon, President Trump signed a memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting he propose a ban on bump fire stocks. Trump said, “I expect these regulations to be finalized, Jeff, very soon.” In December, Trump asked for the Justice Department and the BATFE to review the legalities of bump fire stocks and other “devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.” During the comment period of its review, the BATFE had received overwhelming support of keeping the bump stocks legal and as of publication, yet to make a final decision. Sarah Sanders, White House press secretary said that review is finished, saying, “…I can tell you that the President doesn’t support use of those accessories.” The NRA also publicly supported a move to review bump stocks. It is also reported that Trump has expressed support for universal background checks.
From Trump’s memo:
Today, I am directing the Department of Justice to dedicate all available resources to complete the review of the comments received, and, as expeditiously as possible, to propose for notice and comment a rule banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.
For a new regulation to pass, it must go through a comment period and possible objections. The Department of Justice’s statement says, “The department understand this is a priority for the president and has acted quickly to move through the rulemaking process. We look forward to the results of that process as soon as it is duly completed.
President Trump has also voiced support for the NRA A-rated Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas)’s 2017 bill, the Fix NICS Act. That bill would increase reporting records of criminal history and mental health to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Many pro-gun and pro-Second Amendment organizations support the Act, such as the NRA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. On Monday, the White House released a statement: “While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system.”