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As Trump Looks to Ban Bump Stocks, Malloy Claims “Bait-and-Switch”

February 21, 2018 By Staff
As Trump Looks to Ban Bump Stocks, Malloy Claims “Bait-and-Switch”

The governor of Connecticut is not impressed with President Trump's latest efforts to prevent further gun violence.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) is not impressed with President Trump’s latest proposal to prevent future gun violence.

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On Tuesday, President Trump asked the Department of Justice to ban “bump stocks,” which were used in the deadly Las Vegas shooting last October.

The New York Times reported:

President Trump — under pressure from angry, grieving students from a Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people last week — ordered the Justice Department on Tuesday to issue regulations banning so-called bump stocks, which convert semiautomatic guns into automatic weapons like those used last year in the massacre of concertgoers in Las Vegas.

Malloy, who has asked Trump and the GOP Congress to do more about gun violence, was upset over what he called a “bait-and-switch“:

“Unfortunately, this has all the hallmarks of a classic bait-and-switch. We need more than just regulations – we need to make this the law. In Connecticut, we are going to pass a law banning bump stocks and we firmly believe that the federal government should do the same. The language in the legislation I proposed this session represents a strong, smart approach to this issue. I strongly urge federal officials, including President Trump, to take a look at our bill and implement similar legislation nationwide.”

What Malloy didn’t make clear in the release is if he’d accept Trump’s regulation absent federal legislation on bump stocks.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) was not impressed with Trump’s move, either, according to the Times.

“Let’s not pretend this is some huge concession on his part,” [Murphy] said. “If this is all the White House is willing to do to address gun violence, it’s wholly insufficient.”

Trump was accused of politicizing the shooting over the weekend, when he linked the FBI’s failure to stop the shooter to the ongoing investigation into Russian activity during the 2016 election.

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