The Department of Justice said Monday that it would follow President Donald Trump's directive to ban bump stocks and take on a host of measures to prevent violence in schools.
The new measures included improving the background check system, providing emergency funding to Florida, expanding violent crime prosecutions, and providing firearms and situational awareness training to school personnel.
“No child should have to fear going to school or walking the streets of their neighborhood,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a press release. “With these new measures in place, we are better positioned to disarm criminals and protect the law-abiding people of this country.”
His announcement came on the same day that the White House released its proposals for school safety and gun reform, a concerted effort pursued after the mass shooting in Florida last month.
Although some reported the gunman's disturbing behavior to both federal and local authorities, he was able to carry out his attack. The FBI, shortly after the shooting, admitted it failed to tell the Miami field office about a tip it received regarding shooter Nikolas Cruz's behavior.
Sessions, according to Monday's release, ordered a review of the way his department handled tips.
DOJ said it proposed a regulation to ban bump stocks by clarifying that those types of devices were machine guns under federal law.
In a press release on Monday, the White House proposed mental health reform and called on states to adopt Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) which give authorities the ability to confiscate firearms from at-risk individuals.
The president also offered his support for Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn's (R-Texas) legislation incentivizing federal agencies to report criminal backgrounds to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
His newly established Federal Commission on School Safety would study and make recommendations on a number of issues, including age restrictions on firearm purchases.