One year after the Las Vegas massacre, President Trump announced that his administration is planning to “eliminate” bump stocks. Bump stocks are a currently legal weapon modification that allows a semi-automatic rifle to operate at a higher rate of fire similar to a fully automatic weapon.
The topic came up an hour into President Trump’s press conference yesterday on White House’s Rose Garden about new trade agreements between the USs, Mexico, and Canada.
“In order to eliminate — terminate — bump stocks, we have to go through a procedure,” the President explained. “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,” Trump said. “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.”
The President continued to say that his administration was working with both parties in Congress to close the issue. “In a very short period of time, bump stocks will be ruled out,” he concluded.
Watch the President’s full response in the video below. The bump stock question comes at the 1:11:50 mark, a few seconds after the President makes a concluding remark about the Kavanaugh testimony.