NRA May Crack Down On 'Bump Stocks' After Vegas Massacre

The US gun lobby, which has seldom embraced new firearms-control measures, expressed willingness to support a restriction on a rifle accessory that enabled a gunman to strafe a crowd with bursts of sustained gunfire as if from an automatic weapon.

Republicans have said they would consider banning the tool, despite years of resisting any gun control.

Australians turned in 51,000 illegal firearms after a three-month amnesty that ended Friday, and which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said had helped avert Las Vegas-style mass shootings. It said the devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to behave as fully automatic weapons should be subject to additional regulations. A bill in the House from Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., is expected soon.

House Speaker Paul Ryan added his support, as have other top Republicans. (I prefer not to use his name and give him publicity, even posthumously.) He did not have a history of mental illness that we know of, nor had he been reported for behavior that would suggest any such condition. "The president's a strong supporter of the Second Amendment".

Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday that "we're certainly open to having that conversation".

Australian lawmakers responded with new legislation that, among other provisions, banned certain types of firearms, such as automatic and semiautomatic rifles and shotguns.

The bill, known as the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, would prohibit any person from importing, selling, manufacturing, transferring or possessing any part or combination of parts created to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle.

The National Rifle Association released a statement Thursday afternoon saying that the status of bump stocks needs to be examined. "They want to go out and limit the rights of gun owners", Scalise said.

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A recent national survey by the Pew Research Center found that 81 percent of Americans support expanding background checks, 76 percent support laws that would prevent the mentally ill from buying guns, and 71 percent are for barring people on the "no-fly" list from purchasing guns. Don't we ban cheating old people out of their savings or putting razor blades in apples on Halloween because one of the first purposes of government is, in fact, to stop evildoers? They're only used with high-capacity magazines, holding 60 to 100 rounds - which a bump-stock modified rifle can empty in 10 seconds. "I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses".

The chairmen of the judiciary committees in the House and Senate have indicated openness to learning more about the issue, but without committing to holding hearings. Politicians will continue to baulk at sensible legislation and the arc of history might bend towards protecting the so-called rights of gun-packing individuals despite the blood being shed. Why can we not have public service announcements showing the reality of gun violence, especially the hazards of keeping a gun in the home? "It's too early to start getting into policy". Republicans know something must be done; we all do.

What is a bump stock, how does it work and is it legal? "I think they're all just responding emotionally to the massacre".

A ban on bump-fire stocks and similar devices would not infringe on gun rights.

However, money is just part of the story, and the NRA's real power arguably stems from its ability to mobilize millions of single-issue voters who will reliably vote against any candidate who favors nearly any kind of gun control.

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's not every day - or every year or every decade - you see Republicans raising questions about whether Democrats were tough enough on gun control when they were in power.

The shooter opened fire on concertgoers and killed 59 people and injured more than 500 in less than 15 minutes, the rate of fire setting this incident apart for other mass shootings. But he said the call to restrict guns was a "knee-jerk reaction" by Democratic lawmakers.

So far, the Trump Administration is not taking sides.


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