NRA backs probe of "bump fire" stocks

NRA backs probe of

The NRA, which famously opposes virtually any hint of new restrictions called on ATF "to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law". Decades after federal laws created a de facto ban on automatic weapons, it's incomprehensible that a simple, legal device can allow a semi-automatic rifle to fire 600 rounds a minute.

But lest it get out that the NRA is throwing its weight behind a bump stock ban, let's examine its statement more carefully. Curbelo told WLRN's Sundialon Wednesday, "I've even spoken to people who are involved in the gun manufacturing business, and they have told me that these things should not be legal".

In the wake of the deadliest episode of gun violence in modern US history, there was widespread apprehension that even having 50-plus people slaughtered and almost 500 injured wouldn't break the congressional stalemate over new measures to limit such carnage. They're legal and originally were meant to help people with limited hand mobility fire a semi-automatic without the individual trigger pulls required.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response, "We welcome that and a conversation on that".

"Going after devices or going after particular firearms is not the solution", he said.

Conway went on to knock Hillary Clinton, who brought up gun control nearly immediately after the Las Vegas assault, as well as bash other top Democrats.

Many Republicans echoed Ryan, saying the entire concept of bump stocks was new to them and holding off from a commitment to the call for a legislative ban. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) introduced a bill in the House Wednesday to ban the manufacture, possession, transfer, sale or importation of bump stocks. When private civilians are allowed to possess those kinds of weapons, shootings like Vegas, Orlando, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Columbine will happen - especially when they have applied those $50 kits to convert semi-automatic to fully automatic.

On the House side, a similar bump stock ban bill has 148 co-sponsors, but so far they're all Democrats. In 2016, in U.S. Senate races, the NRA donated $34 million, with the strings - that the recipient had to vote no on any new gun legislation.

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You'd be wrong if you thought the deadliest mass shooting in USA history has put people off guns forever.

"But you should also be looking at overall what could reduce the number of homicides and deaths, and background checks should be part of the discussion", she said.

Authorities have been at a loss as to why the 64-year-old gambler and retired accountant hauled a vast arsenal of weapons to his hotel room and launched his assault.

The sheriff also said he believed Paddock was seeking a way out after his murder spree.

The ATF did not respond to questions on whether the agency would similarly reconsider its classification of bump fire stocks, however.

Republicans are signaling they're willing to take a modest step on gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre.

"It's an act of a coward, an act of a madman", Art Netherton, manager of Briarhawk Firearms and Ammunition, told AFP.