US President Donald Trump has signed a memorandum recommending bump stocks, like those used in the Las Vegas shooting, are banned.
The White House has also announced age restrictions for buying AR-15 rifles are “on the table”.
Mr Trump said he signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to “ban all devices” like the gun modification.
A bump stock helps turn a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic weapon.
He made the announcement during a ceremony which recognised the bravery of America’s public safety officers, including some of those who responded to the mass shooting in Florida.
He added: “Just a few moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.”
Mr Trump said the regulations would be finalised “very soon”.
A Justice Department spokeswoman said it had “acted quickly to move through the rulemaking process. We look forward to the results of that process as soon as it is duly completed.”
A bump stock replaces the rifle’s standard stock, allowing the weapon to move back and forth more rapidly.
According to the New York Times, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has previously backed further regulation on bump stocks.
Stephen Paddock used bump stocks on 12 of his rifles, when he opened fire above a concert in Las Vegas in October, killed 58 people and injuring hundreds more.
In the White House on Tuesday, Sarah Sanders said an age restriction for buying AR-15 rifles is “on the table for us to discuss”.
The White House has said Mr Trump will meet with students, teachers, state and local officials to discuss ways of improving school safety and addressing gun violence.
Nikolas Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of murder after he opened fire at his former high school in Florida.
Cruz made his second appearance in court earlier this week, and he is understood to be ready to plead guilty, as long as the death penalty is not considered.
On Monday, the White House said Mr Trump would be supportive of proposals to improve background checks before gun purchases.
Press secretary Ms Sanders said: “While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system.”
Tokyo Olympics: Opening ceremony was ‘respectful, hopeful but sombre night’ | World News
Olympic opening ceremonies are something of a unique art form. Playing to a global audience but with the host nation wanting to make the night their own.
Japan chose sombre. It was a respectful, hopeful but above all sombre night. They didn’t want to show off when everyone has lived through such hardship – and while so many people continue to do so.
Their display using 1,824 flying drones combining like a swarm of giant worker bees to create a giant globe stood out.
So too Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka who was given the honour of firing up the hydrogen-fuelled Olympic cauldron.
But it was their courteous bow towards the pain of the pandemic that defined the evening.
Video montages of empty cities during lockdowns, and athletes cobbling together training regimes in their back gardens – it all made for an understated opening ceremony.
Outside, the protests in the streets continued among those still vehemently against the Games taking place while Tokyo remains in a state of COVID emergency.
There were also people outside who just felt drawn to the Olympic stadium – to come and wave to the very select numbers of VIPs and media going inside. It was as close as they could get to the Games that they had waited almost a decade for.
While these Olympics will feel unusual there were reminders too of the magic they can create.
There was a towering Tongan taekwondo player who strode into the stadium with his bare oiled chest puffed out as he carried his island nation’s flag like a warrior on a mission.
The Olympics can still produce special moments like that and there will be plenty more over the coming weeks.
There will be more COVID-19 disruption too but the Games of 2020 are finally open, just one year late.
Business leaders have ‘obligation to speak up’, ex-Unilever boss says amid Ben & Jerry’s row | Business News
Unilever’s ex-boss has said business leaders have an “obligation to speak up” after his former company became embroiled in a row with Israel over its Ben & Jerry’s business.
Paul Polman mounted a defence of the need to “fight for what is right” in remarks to Sky News after the ice cream brand said it would stop selling its products in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Ben & Jerry’s is owned by consumer goods giant Unilever – whose array of brands ranges from Marmite spread to Dove soap – but has an independent board to take such decisions.
Its announcement is one of the strongest steps taken by a well-known company over Israel’s settlements, which are widely seen as illegal by the international community.
The move drew condemnation from the Israeli government, whose new prime minister Naftali Bennett said this week that Israel would “use the tools at its disposal – including legal – on this issue” and that those taking such action “need to know that there will be a price to pay”.
Mr Polman, speaking to Sky’s Ian King Live, said it would be inappropriate to say how he would have handled the issue had he still been in charge of Unilever.
But he added: “What is very important is if we want humanity to function for the long term we need to be sure that we fight for the basic values, the basic values of dignity, respect, equity, compassion.
“If we see these values being violated anywhere in the world I think we have an obligation to speak up.
“What we’ve seen in the US in the last few years – too few people, also from the business side, spoke up against things that then bit by bit moved the boundaries and put us in a very difficult situation.
“So, fight for what is right and one of the few things we should fight for always is, these basic human rights.”
Mr Polman was speaking a day after current Unilever boss Alan Jope, in a conference call to discuss latest results, said the company remains “fully committed” to doing business in Israel but gave no indication that Unilever would press Ben & Jerry’s to reverse the decision.
Mr Jope, who has spoken to Mr Bennett on the phone to discuss the matter, said that it was a “complex and sensitive matter”.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine withdraws to avoid facing Israeli competitor Tohar Butbul | World News
An Algerian judo competitor has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics after learning he could have faced an Israeli opponent.
Fethi Nourine said his political support for the Palestinian cause made it impossible to compete against Tohar Butbul.
He told Algerian TV he would not “get his hands dirty” and his “decision was final”.
“We worked a lot to reach the Olympics, and the news came as a shock, a thunder”, he added.
The 30-year-old was drawn against Sudan’s Mohamed Asdalrasool on Monday for his first match in the men’s 73kg class. If he had won that match, he would have faced Butbul, who has a first-round bye, in the next round.
Nourine also withdrew from the world championships in 2019 for the same reason.
At the time, his coach Amar Ben Yaklif was quoted in Algerian media saying: “We were unlucky with the draw. We got an Israeli opponent and that’s why we had to retire. We made the right decision.”
Tensions between Israel and Palestinians flared in Jerusalem earlier this year causing the worst violence in the region since 2014.
The conflict between the two sides has been going on for decades and has seen athletes from Iran and Egypt also previously refuse to compete against Israeli opponents.
The opening ceremony for this year’s Olympic games took place on Friday, with fans not allowed in the national stadium for the event due to COVID-19 concerns.
Instead, around 1,000 dignitaries and members of the media were allowed the witness the spectacular event.
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