Republicans and the NRA open to banning bump stocks is encouraging

Erika Holt
October 6, 2017

That would mark a notable reversal for a party that has long refused to consider new gun restrictions.

The National Rifle Association voiced support for regulations on firearm bump stocks on Thursday, as Republican Congressional leaders have publicly spoken on restricting or even banning the devices. "That's a process, that might not, you know, happen in a year or two, but ultimately I don't think that 90 percent of the American public who want stronger gun laws can't be listened to", he said.

"The NRA belives that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations", the gun rights group said in a statement.

"Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control", Mr La Pierre and Mr Cox said, adding: "Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks".

Some representatives from around the country admit that before this week, they had never heard of the gun accessory bump stocks.

Officials said that 12 of the rifles found in the Las Vegas gunman's suite had bump stocks.

Republicans should immediately announce their intention to pass legislation banning such devices.

"I gotta tell you, it has been so discouraging that there has been an unwillingness to do things that seem very logical and necessary in the area of gun safety", Sen.

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In an interview with Miami's NPR affiliate, WLRN, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) said, "Right now the best candidate for a common denominator is to focus on these bump stock devices, which are so deadly and so potent".

The comments from lawmakers including No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas mark a surprising departure from the GOP's general antipathy to gun regulations of any kind.

"I don't support it anymore", Trump said. "This news is awful and what's happened is a great tragedy".

Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, that would ban the sale, transfer, importation, manufacture or possession of bump fire stocks and similar accessories.

Other prominent Republicans have also said they support a ban on the device.

But Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri said her party should be careful not to push too hard. (In a speech at the NRA's annual convention last April, Laxalt boasted of his role in opposing the measure's passage and implementation.) "What we have in place, we need to enforce, and we can't roll it back", she said.

Automatic weapons have been largely illegal for decades, but bump stock devices offer a way around that. They should ensure that there is clear language in the bill to prevent the ATF from reclassifying semiautomatic weapons as machine guns so that it does not become a backdoor effort to ban now lawful weapons.

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