NRA calls for regulation of 'bump stocks' after Las Vegas massacre

NRA calls for regulation of 'bump stocks' after Las Vegas massacreā€¯

"Clearly that's something we need to look into", Ryan told radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, adding that many lawmakers had not been aware until now that such devices existed.

Texas Senator John Cornyn - the number two Republican in the Senate - has called for hearings into the devices.

Fully automatic weapons, which fire in rapid succession without the need to pull the trigger individually, are illegal under the National Firearms Act.

Stephen Paddock, the gunman in Las Vegas, had fixed the accessories to 12 rifles.

David Trahan, the executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of ME, a gun-rights organization that coordinates with the NRA, said on Thursday that he hadn't discussed the bump stock issue with his board. Some normally staunch gun-control opponents seem willing to consider new legislation.

Many Republicans echoed Speaker Ryan, saying the entire concept of bump stocks was new to them and holding off from a commitment to the call for a legislative ban.

Semi-automatic rifles require the user to pull the trigger per each shot. "Immediately that's a fully automatic weapon", said Forum, owner of Shoot Center in Cape Coral Florida.

"There's enough Republicans who are looking for something that they can say 'I did something.' And the bump stock is an Obama policy".

Feinstein said she and Democratic leaders chose to pursue a narrow bill on bump stocks because it has a better chance of success in the GOP-controlled Congress than the more sweeping gun measures they would prefer. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom drove Proposition 63 past year strengthening the state's gun control measures.

While automatic weapons are tightly regulated in the U.S., the use of bump-fire stocks in semi-automatic weapons is legal. "Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, gave his take on how Congress should view the issue in an interview with the Washington Post".

"I think there is bipartisan interest", he said in an interview on Thursday.

"But I don't understand the use of this bump-stock".

"It's not the device, it's the people", Osias said. Automatic weapons produced before 1986 are highly regulated and tracked by the ATF.

Several Republican senators expressed a willingness to look into banning so-called bump stocks, the devices that authorities say allowed the Las Vegas shooter to increase the capacity of his firearm to that of an automatic weapon.

"That is just a huge loophole that allows you to convert a weapon into something that is like an automatic gun", Rep. Dina Titus, a Nevada Democrat, told CNN.

CORRECTION: The original version of this article stated that the federal assault weapons ban was passed in 1996.

In a tacit admission of the partisan stalemate on guns, Feinstein said she hadn't even discussed the measure yet with her GOP colleagues, including Sen.

"As we learn more in the days to come, we should all think deeply about the circumstances of this shooting and work together to prevent such tragedies from happening again".

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