Trump offers timeline for ‘knocking out bump stocks’

During a press conference on Monday, President Donald Trump reiterated his earlier promise to ban bump stocks, a firearm accessory that allows semiautomatic weapons to fire rounds more quickly.

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The device was used during a mass shooting in Las Vegas last year, prompting Trump to speak out against them. He said this week that his administration is in the “final two or three weeks” of the process that will take them off the market in the U.S.

“In order to eliminate, terminate bump stocks, we have to go through a procedure,” he said.

The president said that “rules and regulations in this country are really tough, even for something like that,” explaining the process he said his staff has taken throughout the past year.

“We’re knocking out bump stocks,” he said. “I’ve told the NRA, bump stocks are gone. But to do it you have to go through public hearings, which we’ve had. You have to go through all sorts of regulatory control systems.”

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