Washington NRA, Trump, Congress agree on regulating 'bump stocks'
Oct 07 2017
Bump stocks, a device legal in some states that can be installed on a sem-automatic weapon to allow it to fire more rounds per minute, was used by a gunman in a Las Vegas shooting on Sunday that killed 58 people and injured more than 500 more.
The National Rifle Association is calling for federal officials to review regulations that allow people to buy devices which can make semi-automatic guns fire at a rate similar to automatic weapons in the wake of a mass shooting that left almost 60 people dead and hundreds injured.
Republican leaders in the House and Senate are signalling a willingness to back a bill to outlaw bump stocks. But he said the call to restrict guns was a "knee-jerk reaction" by Democratic lawmakers.
Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, shot at a crowd of concert-goers late Sunday night from his room on the 34th floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the Las Vegas strip.
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. Bump stocks legally convert semi-automatic weapons to weapons with near automatic capability.
A handful of Republicans made headlines for supporting the idea of such a ban in the hours after California Sen.
The White House also said Thursday that it was opening to regulating the devices - but wants to hear more information on the matter before making a final determination. She also reinforced President Trump's support of the Second Amendment. In essence, it uses the momentum of the gun's recoil to rapidly bump the trigger, allowing the gun to fire much faster, albeit with less accuracy.
In its statement, the NRA said the government should, "immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law". The NRA supported expanded background checks in the 1990s, but objected to the actual proposed details of the legislation. While he has not endorsed anything specific, Mr. Trump recently said, "We will be talking about gun laws as time goes by" which gives me room for optimism; Mr. Trump can be the gun control advocate President Barack Obama was not - imagine that? As FRONTLINE reported in the 2015 documentary Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA, the NRA has fiercely resisted more stringent gun control policy, exercising a sizeable operating budget and considerable influence on lawmakers in Congress.
The group has been a vocal force in stopping gun control legislation in the aftermath of past mass shootings and in its statement supporting regulation of bump stocks said, "Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks". "We can't live like that", Fraser said. "I don't think people are aware of this". "Since that time, I've learned something I didn't know".
Authorities meanwhile were studying the relationship between Paddock, who had no criminal record, and his girlfriend Marilou Danley, whom Federal Bureau of Investigation agents questioned for clues to what drove Paddock to commit the deadliest U.S. shooting of modern times.