President Trump, hosting the Public Safety Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the White House Tuesday, said he has directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to draft regulations that would ban devices that would turn legal guns into machine guns, after studying the issue of bump stocks from the Las Vegas shooting. 

The comments mark the president's first public appearance in Washington since his brief speech Thursday after the Parkland shooting, and his comments on bump stocks are the first he has made definitively proposing a policy solution related to gun control. The president has also indicated he would be open to universal background checks, which have wide public approval. 

The president said he is "grieving for the community of Parkland in the great state of Florida."

"We're working very hard to make sense of these events," the president told members of law enforcement and first responders there Tuesday. 

"We cannot imagine the depth of their anguish, but we can pledge the strength of our resolve," he said. "And we must to do more to protect our children. We have to do more to protect our children." 

The president also called for better physical protection of schools, and for better coordination between federal and state law enforcement in order to take "swift action" when there are warning signs. The FBI admitted last week it failed to follow up on a January tip about the suspect in the Florida shooting, who had been expelled from the high school. 

The event Tuesday was intended to recognize those who have earned the highest possible valor award for public safety. Last year, Mr. Trump granted the award to the agents who risked their lives to protect members of Congress in the June congressional baseball practice shooting. 

The last time the president had appeared publicly in Washington was Friday, to commemorate the victims of the shooting in Parkland, Fla., that took 17 lives. On Friday night, he visited the hospital where some of those injured in the shooting are recovering, and spoke with local members of law enforcement who intervened. Since then, the president has indicated he would support some form of background check measure

Read more about this story on


Bump stocks a rare sight at Anchorage gun show

Witnesses with Alaska ties describe Las Vegas shooting scene

Trump calls Las Vegas shooting an 'act of pure evil'