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Trump fulfills longtime pledge to ban bump stocks

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A bump stock. Photo: George Frey via Getty Images

The Trump administration has officially made bump stocks illegal, nine months after taking steps to ban them by issuing federal guidelines prohibiting "devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns," CNN reports.

The big picture: The new regulation defines bump stocks as attachable devices that "allow a shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger." Owners will be required to turn them in 90 days after the rule becomes law. Bump stocks faced national backlash last year after a gunman used them to modify his weapons and kill 59 people at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.

2018 was a record year for school gun violence

March for Our lives protest
The March for Our Lives protest in Washington. Photo: Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images

There have been a record 94 incidents of gun violence in schools across the United States in 2018 — a nearly 60% jump from the previous high set in 2006, according to data from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

The big picture: The database, which stretches back to 1970, records any incident in which a gun is "brandished, is fired, or a bullet hits school property for any reason," per The Guardian. The February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which resulted in 17 deaths, helped to reinvigorate a national movement against gun violence. The student-led March for Our Lives demonstration earlier this year saw more than 1.7 million people march in 752 protests across the U.S.

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