Report: Trump tells Piers Morgan he’s ‘seriously’ looking into banning gun silencers
President Trump told Piers Morgan of Good Morning Britain that he would “seriously” consider banning gun silencers in the United States after Virginia Beach became the latest victim of a mass shooting on May 31.
‘I’d like to think about [banning silencers],” he said. “I’m going to seriously look at it. I don’t like the idea of it, what’s happening is crazy.”
These comments come as a result of the rising frequency of mass gun-related violence in the U.S., with an average of one mass shooting a month in 2018.
Trump is still reluctant, however, to say that gun restrictions are the answer.
“Piers, when somebody has a gun illegally and the others [don’t] they have no chance,” Trump said. “The bad guys are not getting rid of their guns…The people who obey the laws are sitting ducks. The thing I think about the most is Paris…if there was a gun on the other side.”
Trump also remarked that “if the [Vegas] guy didn’t have guns he’d have used bombs or something else.”
At last week’s shooting in Virginia Beach, 12 people were killed by the gunman. Police found a high-capacity magazine and a silencer mechanism at the scene of the crime.
Ralph Northam, governor of Virginia, said on Tuesday that he will request Capitol lawmakers to consider gun control legislation. Northam’s proposals include a ban on silencers and high-capacity magazines. Earlier this year, the Trump administration banned bump stocks, devices that let a semi-automatic weapon fire repeatedly, like a machine gun.