Republicans and the NRA open to banning bump stocks is encouraging

Jerome Frank
October 7, 2017

In a statement released Thursday, NRA officials said that the group "believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations".

While the call surprised many given the NRA's reluctance to endorse previous reforms after mass-shooting tragedies, the group also called on Congress to pass legislation requiring states to recognize other states' concealed carry permits, suggesting they may use the bump stock proposal as bargaining.

The National Rifle Association on Thursday opened the door for supporting the regulation bump stocks, a rifle modification that was used in a mass shooting in Las Vegas earlier this week. It can reportedly allow a gun to shoot hundred of rounds per minute.

For its part, the White House has also said it is open to discussing a potential ban.

"We welcome that and would like to be part of that conversation".

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"Clearly this is something we need to look into", House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, told MSNBC.

A weapons expert described the so-called bump stock as a legal attachment that simulates automatic fire on semiautomatic weapons.

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While some Republican lawmakers may still yet be ambivalent, Mr. Trump's demagogic capability may just be an asset to prod them to rein in the accessibility of guns or banning the aforementioned bump stocks.

"If somebody can essentially convert a semi-automatic weapon by buying one of these and utilizing it and cause the kind of mayhem and mass casualties that we saw in Las Vegas, that's something of obvious concern that we ought to explore", the No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said on Thursday.

Bump stocks are legal gun modifications which make legal semi-automatic guns fire nearly like illegal automatic weapons. The shooting was the deadliest in modern USA history.

In a statement read by her attorney Matthew Lombard, the 62-year-old Danley said she had no hint of what was to come. "They'll start asking questions about why anybody needs this, and I think the answer is we have a Bill of Rights and not a Bill of Needs", Pratt said. Paddock died of a self-inflicted wound and authorities found 23 firearms in the hotel room.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate are signalling a willingness to back a bill to outlaw bump stocks.

Across the country, states passed more than twice as many laws expanding gun owners' rights than they did gun-control measures.

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

"This is such a new component to me", said Jeff Duncan, a SC congressman vocal about expanding gun rights.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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