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White House welcomes efforts to study gun 'bump stock' devices

08 October 2017
White House welcomes efforts to study gun 'bump stock' devices

"The NRA believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulation", NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and Executive Director Chris Cox said in a statement. But they were far from a guarantee of a path forward for the new legislation by Sen.

The NRA's statement comes hours after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said in an interview with MSNBC that a ban on bump stocks is "clearly something we need to look into".

Cornyn later said he'd spoken with Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, and that Grassley was interested in convening a hearing.

They're considering a ban on "bump fire stocks", attachments that modify guns to fire nearly like fully automatic weapons.

Housekeepers say they noticed nothing that would have alerted them to his plans, but Joseph Lombardo, sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said he had used more than 10 bags to carry his weapons up to the 32nd floor.

The devices were approved by the Obama administration's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2010, but the NRA is now asking for that decision to be reviewed.

He said that he's rejected about a dozen would-be bump fire buyers since the shooting in Las Vegas, but he also sold two during his phone conversation with CNNMoney.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) now says it will support "additional regulations" on bump stocks, the device that may have allowed Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock to kill much faster, but the gun lobby wants something in return-more guns.

"That's how close it came to me", Feinstein said. CBS News, having failed at claiming the shooter used an automatic weapon declared the shooter had used "automatic rounds" in his gun.

But the effort failed in 2013 amid strong opposition from gun groups such as the National Rifle Association. "So I have no problem banning those".

"I didn't even know what they were until this week", he said.

"In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas it's clear that we cannot with a straight face justify the legality of these tools that can so easily be manipulated to do unimaginable harm and are specifically created to get around the automatic weapon ban".

The bill would have imposed "unreasonable burdens and harsh penalties upon law-abiding Nevadans, while doing little to prevent criminals from unlawfully obtaining guns", he said.

Subsequent mass shootings have brought a similar call for Congress to act on tougher gun laws, only to see Republicans and some Democrats balk at what they see as infringements on the right to bear arms embedded in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

"Typically after mass shootings, gun sales go up", said Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign, a group that seeks to reduce gun deaths.

Research has shown that mass shootings are occurring more often and that more and more people are dying. Shooting incidents involving lawmakers themselves, like at a baseball practice earlier this year where Majority Whip Steve Scalise was critically injured, have not changed the calculus. And Manchin said that he planned to meet with Toomey on the background checks bill, but would not reintroduce it without significant GOP support, which he said "ain't going to happen unless the president gives his stamp of approval".