NRA Caves on Bump Stocks

Joanna Estrada
October 7, 2017

The National Rifle Association said Thursday that bump-stocks should be "subject to additional regulations".

A bump stock is an attachment that allows a semi-automatic rifle to mimic a fully automatic weapon.

Following the Las Vegas shooting that killed 59 people and injured more than 500 others, the National Rifle Association (NRA) released a statement Thursday calling for more controls on modifications that help weapons shoot more, faster.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republicans are blaming the Obama administration for failing to regulate bump fire stocks in 2010 - but it's unclear whether the administration could have prevented the sale of the device that exacerbated the slaughter in Las Vegas earlier this week.

Regardless, Republicans are beginning to express concern after bump stocks were used on some of the firearms in the mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival on Sunday night.

"I would need to see specifics of any legislation related to bump stocks and study whether they comply with the existing ban on fully automatic weapons, but generally speaking I am opposed to any new federal gun restrictions".

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that "we're certainly open to having that conversation", while senior Republican Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, said banning bump stocks is "clearly something we need to look into".

The statement was issued as lawmakers consider the possibility of banning the devices.

The recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, has some Republican lawmakers considering gun control legislation, a dramatic shift from what has historically been their party's general aversion to gun regulations of any kind.

"I do think there would be bipartisan support coming together to pass a bill to make it illegal to sell those because you can buy them now", Pelosi said Wednesday.

"Bump stocks" originally were meant to help people with limited hand mobility fire a semi-automatic without the individual trigger pulls required.

"My reaction was that this was all created to kill or injure as many people as possible as quickly as possible, and that's the reason why automatic weapons are generally not available", Cornyn said Thursday.

Rep. Walter Jones, a Republican who represents much of eastern North Carolina, said he hasn't had much time to study the "bump stock" issue. But Slide Fire - considered one of the main manufacturers of the bump stock - said on its website this week that it has "decided to temporarily suspend taking new orders in order to provide the best service with those already placed".

"I own a lot of guns and as a hunter and sportsman".

"I think all the people who are going to express an opinion about whether or not we're going to have reasonable gun safety laws should be forced to look at the autopsy photographs of the victims of that violence", Harris said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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