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NRA endorses more regulation on bump stocks that boost guns' firing rates

07 October 2017

"The NRA believes that devices meant to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations", Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox, the group's top two leaders, said in the statement.

The National Rifle Association came out of mass-shooting-triggered social media darkness to issue its first statement on the Las Vegas murder of 58 people.

NY law does not explicitly outlaw bump stocks, the modification that attaches to the back of a gun and allows semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly, allowing a shooter to quickly empty a magazine. Dianne Feinstein and fellow members of the Senate have introduced the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, which would ban the sale of any accessory or device that is "designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle".

President Donald Trump also is "open" to discussing a ban, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

We'll try to suppress our skepticism that Congress might go after the devices, which are such a tiny part of America's gun problem, just to spare themselves from having to answer for not doing more.

"I would need to see specifics of any legislation related to bump stocks and study whether they comply with the existing ban on fully automatic weapons, but generally speaking I am opposed to any new federal gun restrictions".

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Wayland told us criminals will still find a way to break the law.

Republicans are signaling they're willing to take a modest step on gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre.

The non-gun-lovers among us - and maybe even a few gun lovers - have learned a couple of new terms over the last few days: "bump stock" and "trigger crank".

Bump stocks reportedly have stopped being offered by retailers like Cabela's as well, at least for now.

Bump stocks are legal and are meant to help people with limited hand mobility to fire a semi-automatic without individual trigger pulls. A gunman pumped bullets from a casino high-rise into a crowd of concertgoers below, killing 59 and wounding hundreds, apparently using legal "bump stocks" to increase firing speed from his semi-automatic weapons.

There is a Republican-backed bill banning bump stocks that could be introduced in the house Thursday night.

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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.

"I do think there would be bipartisan support coming together to pass a bill to make it illegal to sell those because you can buy them now", Pelosi said Wednesday.

But the Las Vegas killer didn't need a fully automatic weapon to unleash his rapid-fire terror.

Bump-fire stocks attach to the receiver of a rifle.

Republicans hold the majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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NRA endorses more regulation on bump stocks that boost guns' firing rates