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4 Things That Trump, GOP Want to Do on Gun Violence After Florida Shooting

A bump stock ban, expanded background checks, and more are on the table after another deadly school shooting.

By NTK Staff | 02.21.2018 @9:15am
4 Things That Trump, GOP Want to Do on Gun Violence After Florida Shooting

President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans are considering a number of measures to combat gun violence, in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead.

BUMP STOCKS

On Tuesday, President Trump directed his Justice Department to look into banning bump stocks, which can turn semi-automatic weapons into fully-automatic weapons. The Associated Press reported:

As a grieving Florida community demanded action on guns, President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year’s Las Vegas massacre. It was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue that has long tied Washington in knots.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

Trump tweeted support for another measure on Tuesday night, saying “we must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!”

It’s unclear, as of yet, what measures Trump would support to strengthen background checks, with the exception of one bill his administration has said he would support.

FIX NICS

That bill is the Fix NICS Act, a bipartisan bill led by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Murphy (D-CT). The bill, according to Cornyn’s office, would “[require] federal agencies and states to produce [National Instant Criminal Background Check System] implementation plans focused on uploading all information to the background check system showing that a person is prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms under current law.”

Cornyn thanked Trump for his support late Tuesday night:

TASK FORCE

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who represents the families of victims in the Parkland shooting, has expressed support for a “task force” that would look at what Congress can do about gun violence. Politico reported:

Rubio said he wasn’t sure who would sit on a task force or not, and he understood “people roll their eyes at a task force.”

But, Rubio also expressed “willingness” to consider four other gun violence prevention measures, including some described above.

Some liberals have suggested the above measures alone won’t be enough, but any of the above would be more than Congress has done in the last several years after deadly shootings.

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