"We will be working very, very hard on that awful, terrible issue that took place last week in Florida", Trump said at an event on Tuesday. Trump directed the department to, "as expeditiously as possible", propose for notice and comment "a rule banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns".
Trump has also indicated he is open to a limited strengthening of federal background checks on gun purchases. Sanders said that decisions on that front would begin shortly. Sen.
Over the weekend, the White House said he had spoken to Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, about a bipartisan bill created to strengthen the Federal Bureau of Investigation database of prohibited gun buyers.
President Trump today offered support of a bipartisan bill introduced in November to strengthen the background check system before someone buys a gun.
USA federal laws state that people must be at least 21 years old to buy a handgun from a licensed dealer, but they have to be only 18 to purchase a rifle or shotgun. But the White House cast the president in recent days as having been swayed by the school shooting in Florida and willing to listen to proposals. Teens have been working overtime since last week's shooting, creating the #NeverAgain movement, organizing protests, a school walk out on the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in April, and March 24th's March for Our Lives.
"We want to prevent mass shootings from happening, and while this could have happened with other types of weapons, NeverAgain believes school safety should be priority right now, not just background checks", 18-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Kali Clougherty said.
"Every day when I say "bye" to my parents, I do acknowledge the fact that I could never see my parents again". "On far too many issues, this administration has been all talk and little action - we can't afford that approach when it comes to curbing gun violence".
The Florida shooting has galvanized students across the country to rally in favor of stronger gun laws. Four months later, the only gun legislation that has moved through Congress eases restrictions for gun owners.
"I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun", he wrote in his 2000 book, "The America We Deserve". "One of these isn't enough".
After earlier mass shootings, Trump has said little about guns, focusing instead on the mental health of shooters.
Trump is hosting a listening session with high-school students and teachers from Parkland at the White House on Wednesday.
The Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, January 1, 2017.
Text of the memo also includes criticism of Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama. He later regretted playing golf so soon after the killing.
He angered some students by suggesting in a tweet on Saturday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had missed signs that the school shooter was troubled because it was distracted by its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.