WASHINGTON, D.C.: U.S. lawmakers bolstered efforts Thursday to ban the devices that the Las Vegas shooter used to convert his rifles into rapid-fire killing machines, and Congress may have found a surprising ally - the National Rifle Association.
(We are declining to name stores that sell bump stocks because we don't want to give that kind of advertising.) Before the shooting, they were selling theirs at a discount for four years because no one was interested.
"Fully automatic weapons have been banned for a long time", said US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan in an interview with MSNBC.
It takes the air out of the attack - that many Democrats have already made in the wake of Las Vegas - that the NRA opposes all gun control measures and that the Republican Congress marches in lockstep with them.
BRIAN MANN, BYLINE: Listen to people who collect guns and make guns a serious hobby, and you come across moments like this, a guy on YouTube - and there are lots of these videos - talking about the cool ways the rifle he's firing has been jacked up. He had 12 rifles outfitted with bump stocks among the arsenal of weapons in his hotel room.
Many lawmakers didn't even know what a bump stock was.
"However, any device that converts a legal firearm to an illegal firearm deserves closer scrutiny", she said in a statement.
Lentz said a bump stock is an accessory that replaces the original stock on a semi-automatic rifle. Gun company stocks rose in market trading following Sunday's attack.
"He could have actually been more deadly with a semi-auto rifle and accurately able to aim and take shots than with a bump fire", McRae said.
"I know that I'm working behind the scenes with Republicans, with colleagues of mine who are willing to cross the aisle on this, who are going to push their own leadership to bring these issues up for a debate and a vote, and we're going to try to get some things done", he said. They were influential in pushing for the The National Firearms Act of 1934. "However, I believe that there are other issues that need to be looked at, that is much bigger than a simple law that we could pass that may or, may not make a difference". Susan Collins, R-ME, John Thune, R-SD, Jeff Flake, R-AZ and Ron Johnson, R-WI and Senate Homeland Security chairman, have also expressed willingness to review bump-stock legislation. Automatic weapons have been tightly regulated since the 1930s, and manufacture of new machine guns has been illegal since 1986. The National Rifle Association surprisingly supports tighter restrictions on modification kits like bump stocks. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania fell short on the Senate floor. Simply allowing bump stocks to remain legal avoids that problem.
"We've had several people call and ask for them", he said.
"The first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control", officials said.
Mitchell added that since President Trump has been in office, overall gun sales have flatlined because the driving force of fear that the government will ban certain guns is now gone under the new Republican administration. The other caveat is that the NRA sees its concession as the end, not the beginning, of a discussion of how to stop gun violence in America. "I have signed onto a letter to the ATF requesting that they relook at bump stocks and I believe this is a serious conversation that we need to have in Congress". Moreover, Rick Vasquez, former acting chief of the Firearms Technology Branch of the ATF, toldUSA Today that bump stocks were legalized because they are "an accessory, not a conversion device".