Bump stock ban? What NRA, Congress are doing after Las Vegas shooting

Joann Johnston
October 6, 2017

"Accordingly, we find that the "bump-stock" is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act".

The Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act would ban the sale, transfer, importation, manufacture, or possession of bump stocks, trigger cranks, and similar accessories created to increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic rifles. She said, "The only reason to modify a gun is to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible". "The NRA believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function lik fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations".

"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.

The White House has said President Trump would welcome a review of the policy on the devices, which were found on 12 of the almost 50 firearms amassed by Paddock.

In an interview with MSNBC, he added: "I didn't even know what they were until this week..."

"I do think that eventually you would see that most likely being legislated against".

Right now, a bump stock is legal: the accessory attaches to a rifle, allowing the recoil to fire the weapon more rapidly than a human finger on the trigger. This believe is causing both sides of the topic to speak out on whether they should be legal or not.

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In 2010, they were found not to be in violation of a federal law that banned automatic weapons, according to NBC.

WalMart said it pulled the devices after it realized they were available.

In a statement, the NRA states that banning certain firearms is not the answer to the latest attack.

Republican Representative Carlos Curbelo was preparing his own measure to ban the ownership, manufacture and transport of the devices. And the ATF reaffirmed as much in a statement a couple days ago, suggesting that yet another review, like the NRA calls for, may not do much good. "And I'm an avid sportsman".

On Tuesday, searches on Google shopping and WalMart's website resulted in a number of bump stocks for sale.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, the senior Republican senator from Texas, also told reporters Wednesday that the bump stock issue is worth examining, and that he spoke with Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, about holding a hearing.

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