Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Restrictions on 'bump stock' would take action from Congress

Restrictions on 'bump stock' would take action from Congress

Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced legislation that would ban the sale and possession of bump stocks.

"In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved".

The Trump White House, GOP-led Congress and National Rifle Association signaled this week they would support a regulatory change, prompting headlines.

The NRA announcement followed comments from leading congressional Republicans including House Speaker Paul Ryan that Congress should take a look at the devices, which were little-known even to gun enthusiasts prior to Sunday's bloodbath.

"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. In an interview on MSNBC, he said "clearly that's something we need to look into".

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He claims to have the support of other Republicans in the house.

The organization which holds a powerful sway over members of Congress dismissed some of the initial response from lawmakers who have pressed for more gun control.

NRA's Executive Director Chris Cox told Fox News' Tucker Carlson this week, "We didn't talk about banning anything, we talked about ATF reviewing whether these are compliant with federal law".

The White House says President Donald Trump welcomes a review of USA policy on so-called bump stock devices that legally make semi-automatic rifles into faster-firing automatic weapons.

"We think we should have that conversation, and we want to be part of it moving forward", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a press briefing Thursday.

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Drapes billow out of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino, following the mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas.

It follows the worst mass shooting in modern American history, possibly made worse by shooter Stephen Paddock's use of bump stocks, which convert a semi-automatic gun into something resembling an automatic gun. That allowed him to spray gunfire into the crowd below much more quickly. Bump-stock devices are added to semi-automatic weapons to allow them to function more like automatic weapons, firing at a much faster rate.

"I think everyone, if not nearly everyone, in the House agrees that automatic weapons are, and should be, illegal", Curbelo said.

Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Senate Republican, said that hearings on banning bump stocks would make sense.

Since the Vegas massacre, Slide Fire, the company that claims to produce the official bump stock, announced it's stopped taking new orders so it can provide the best service with those already placed.

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The spring-loaded mechanism uses a rifle's recoil to repeatedly and rapidly pull the trigger, allowing the user to fire several hundred rounds per minute. In fact, he said under his bill that, "no one can have them, no one can make them, no one can transfer them". GOA in particular has proved a thorn in the NRA's side: when NRA backed incumbent Luther Strange in Alabama's recent Republican senate primary runoff election, GOA backed far-right challenger Roy Moore, who ultimately beat Strange.

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