President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would ask for a ban on “bump” gun stocks. “We must move past clichés and tired debates and focus on evidence based solutions and security measures that actually work,” Trump said. He made his remarks at a ceremony in the White House honoring bravery by those in public safety.
“Bump” stocks are devices designed to allow semi-automatic weapons to fire 400 to 800 rounds per minute, similar to fully-automatic rifles. The president will direct the Department of Justice to write up a bill to prohibit their sale.
The announcement comes six days after a gunman killed 17 people and wounded 20 others in a deadly rampage at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
High Court won’t block California gun law
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday decided not to take up a challenge to California’s 10-day waiting period before you can buy a firearm.
Only Associate Justice Clarence Thomas wanted the court to consider the appeal, arguing that Second Amendment rights – “to keep and bear arms” –was as important as First Amendment rights such as freedom of speech.
Attorney pleads guilty to lying to investigators
Alex van der Zwaan pleaded guilty Tuesday after he was charged by the special counsel looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election with lying to federal investigators. He was accused of not being honest in his statements about his dealings with a former Donald Trump campaign official.
According to the Associated Press, the charge is separate from federal inquiries into election interference or the Trump campaign.
Walmart’s slide pulls down stocks
The nation’s biggest retailer, Walmart, saw its stock value drop Tuesday by the biggest decline in 30 years. According to the Associated Press, the stock price dropped by 10 percent after earnings and online sales showed poor results.
Overall, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell by 15.96 points (0.6 percent) and the Dow Jones Average by 254.63 points (1 percent). Nasdaq dropped 5.16 points (0.1 percent).