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U.S. calls for stricter gun regulations after Vegas shooting

07 October 2017

Top Republicans and Democrats in Congress have identified new curbs on the use of such accessories as the gun control measure most ripe for success in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, House Republican chair, aired concerns about so-called bump stock modifications that allow semi-automatic rifles to function like near-automatic weapons, and whether such attachments should be legal.

"Right now we have strict regulations on automatic weapons, but these devices allow an individual to easily convert legal firearms into an automatic weapon", said Yoder, who serves the 3rd District in the Kansas City area.

Investigators struggled to understand why Stephen Paddock, 64, assembled an arsenal of almost 50 firearms and used them to spray bullets from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip hotel into a crowd of country-music fans on Sunday before killing himself.

Ms. Danley said she never believed her "kind, caring, quiet" boyfriend was capable of killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more.

One gun owner NPR spoke with said he'd be open to policy changes in light of Sunday's massacre - but only with clear evidence that those changes would have prevented the attack.

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The weapon is still technically considered to be semi-automatic because there is no modification to the weapon's firing mechanism, but the bump stock allows it to fire nearly as rapidly as an automatic weapon.

It's a gun accessory that can allow semi-automatic firearms to mimic automatic ones. Yes, it is caused by mental-health issues, but the major cause is easy access to rapid-fire guns.

"We absolutely must do everything possible", Rodgers told "Powerhouse Politics". "But actions can be taken".

"It made me physically ill to think that we had interacted with him and he had committed such a tragedy", the manager said. "We'll get hold of some folks in the industry and find out what they do, and we'll look at Dianne's bill and make a decision in due time".

Make no mistake: This move on bump stocks is an attempt by the NRA to stop a broad public debate on guns before it really begins in earnest.

A week ago, most Americans had probably never heard of a device known as a bump stock.

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Sen. Pat Toomey, R-PA, who co-authored the last comprehensive effort on gun control, agrees. Lindsey Graham said the Republican from SC is also on board.

A number of Republican senators, including the Judiciary Committee chairman, are expressing interest in convening hearings on the issue. Bump stocks are capable of increasing the firing rate to about 800 bullets per minute.

Some Democrats were also still trying to learn more about the device.

"He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of, that I understood in any way to be a warning that something frightful like this was going to happen", she said. Yet, he said he's had conversations that point toward progress. "We'll talk about gun laws later in day", he said. He approached Ryan in private, he said, to ask if there is a way the two parties could come together - but he was dismayed by the result.

"He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something frightful like this was going to happen", Danley, 62, said in the statement released by her lawyer, Matt Lombard. "He didn't offer any suggestions, and that was disappointing".

"He said people ask their friends "'What'd you do when you were in Vegas?' 'I went to a strip club, I saw a insane show, and I shot a machine gun, '" Grant said.

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U.S. calls for stricter gun regulations after Vegas shooting