President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will write an executive order banning bump stocks.
The Republican president is discussing school safety with a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House.
Bump fire stocks are devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire at a more rapid rate, CNN reported. Investigators have said 12 bump stocks were found in the hotel room where a shooter opened fire on concertgoers last year in Las Vegas, killing 58 people.
Trump said that it’s time a president “stepped up” on gun safety. He called for guns to be taken away from people who are mentally ill.
Republican leaders have showed little interest in pursuing stricter gun control laws and Democrats have pushed new restrictions following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the Associated Press reported.
Trump told Republicans to set aside plans for an expansion of concealed-carry laws: “You’ll never get it passed,” he said, according to AP.
Ahead of the session, Senate Democrats urged the president to follow through on his call for “comprehensive background checks” by endorsing legislation to extend the pre-purchase reviews to online and gun show sales, the AP said.