When questioned on the one-year anniversary of the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting, President Trump said his administration was looking to soon “eliminate” bump stocks.
Trump was speaking to reporters in the White House’s Rose Garden on Monday about the new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada, when he took a moment to pause and acknowledge the anniversary of the event that left 58 dead and some 850 wounded, saying the shooting as “a horrible, horrible time in the life of our country.”
Just over an hour into the conference, when asked about the subject of bump stocks and the anniversary of the Las Vegas shootings, Trump said he was nearing action on the devices which catapulted to national attention for their role in the event.
“In order to eliminate — terminate — bump stocks, we have to go through a procedure,” said Trump. “We are now at the final stages of that procedure — in fact, the lawyers were just telling me — and over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be able to write it out. But you can’t just write it out because rules and regulations in this nation are really tough, even for something like that.
“So we’re knocking out bump stocks,” said Trump. “I’ve told the NRA, I’ve told everyone. Bump stocks are gone. But to do it you have to go to public hearings — which we’ve had.
Saying his administration was working on both sides in Congress on the issue, Trump summed up that, “In a very short period of time, bump stocks will be ruled out.”
Since last December, regulators have been researching federal law to determine if certain bump stock devices fall within the definition of “machine gun,” which led to Trump in February ordering the Department of Justice to craft regulations to “write out” the devices himself. Since then, the primary maker of bump stocks in the country stopped taking orders for the controversial devices, although they are still readily available.
Although at least eight states have outlawed bump stocks in the past year, Americans could possess as many as 520,000 of the devices, according to estimates from federal regulators. Meanwhile, statewide bans on bump stocks have sparked lawsuits in Florida, Maryland, and Vermont.
Mississippi-based Second Amendment attorney Stephen Stamboulieh said, should the federal government move to ban the devices, “I’m going to sue them day one.”