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

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The device transforms a semi-automatic rifle into a weapon which can fire hundreds of rounds a minute and was used by gunman Stephen Paddock when he killed 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.

Thursday's sudden endorsements of controls came nearly simultaneously from the NRA and the White House.

The National Rifle Association calls for additional regulations on bump fire stock, a device used by the Las Vegas shooter that allows a semi-automatic rifle to function like an automatic. Dr Melton said that her husband "saved my life and lost his". House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatt, R-Va., both said Thursday that lawmakers will consider further rules for the devices.

It was a rare concession for all concerned.

The NRA is typically the nation's most prominent lobbyist group against stricter gun regulations.

Congress' recent history gives little cause to think Republicans would take any action on guns.

The sorry fact is that Paddock was able to compile an arsenal of guns and ammunition that exceed the firepower of all but specialist police units in the USA because the National Rifle Association (NRA) and assorted gun rights organisations exert an extraordinary amount of control in Washington, DC and in state capitals.

Englund also said: "An ongoing and continual investment into our mental health system is imperative to reduce the threat of gun violence". "We have all relatives who hunt, believe in self-protection but these fully automatic weapons of war are not necessary. It's a very specific accessory".

According to several gun dealers, the device is more of a novelty item than a popular seller, in part because it sacrifices accuracy and uses so much costly ammunition.

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They want more "common sense" measures when it comes to gun control. "Fully automatic weapons have been banned a long time; apparently this allows you to take a semi-automatic, turn it into an automatic, so clearly that's something we need to look into".

The stocks have been around for less than a decade.

Sanders was speaking a day after Trump visited victims of a mass shooting in Las Vegas killed 58 and injured more than 500.

"Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law", a statement from NRA leaders Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox said.

This story first appeared on FiveThirtyEight and is reprinted with permission.

"But if you're saying that this Republican Congress is going to infringe upon Second Amendment rights, we're not going to do that", he said. "Was it a regulatory misstep by ATF some years ago?"

While the possibility the Las Vegas massacre had a terrorist link can not be fully ruled out, the evidence points to the killer responsible for the worst mass shooting in United States history as being a person who acted on his own for no political motive.

Julie Gipson, co-owner of Chestatee Firearms in Dahlonega, Georgia, says she sells full automatic guns for tens of thousands of dollars, but she doesn't sell bump stocks, which she described as "a pain in the butt to work with".

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