Suddenly, White House & NRA open to (a little) gun control

Suddenly, White House & NRA open to (a little) gun control

Suddenly, White House & NRA open to (a little) gun control

They're considering a ban on "bump fire stocks", attachments that modify guns to fire nearly like fully automatic weapons. A bump-fire stock can be used to facilitate this technique.

The replacement stock moves back and forth with the gun's recoil, allowing it to fire rapidly and continuously as the trigger repeatedly is bumped into the shooter's finger. "We're open to that moving forward".

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said that Feinstein's idea "sounds sensible and reasonable to me" but that he would consult hunters in his state before taking a position.

Even so, asked earlier this week about "bump stocks" and whether they should be legal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said it was not an appropriate time to be discussing legislation.

The National Rifle Association released a statement Thursday afternoon saying that the status of bump stocks needs to be examined.

The National Rifle Association says "bump stock" devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to perform more like fully automatic weapons should be "subject to additional regulations".

In the wake of the carnage, Feinstein, one of the senate's leading gun-control advocates, introduced a bill to ban bump stocks. It was unclear if that person, who never checked in, was the same Stephen Paddock, the spokeswoman said.

"You can't buy a chain-fed machine gun in the United States today", he said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 2010 ruled that the bump stock is a "firearm part" that didn't violate federal law.

Feinstein, who was present during the 1978 assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, said she planned to reach out to President Donald Trump about her bill and try to work with Republicans on the legislation.

While the NRA signaled support for new restrictions on bump stocks, it said it remained opposed to further action on gun control. "But we really need to stop and think: Is this going to have the impact that we want?" The difference between an automatic and a semiautomatic effectively translates to firing hundreds of rounds a minute versus dozens or so in the same time frame.

There are no available nationwide figures on sales of bump stocks since the massacre. "Could happen to any one of us".

"I think we ought to have hearings on it, look at it, and I think we shouldn't be marketing or allowed to market things that make our guns illegal like they do", said Sen.

Baker, after a State House ceremony honoring the bravery of law enforcement officers, said that banning bump fire stocks would be one way MA could improve on its already strict gun laws.

"So certainly if (the bill) made it over here I'd be willing to look at it in a different light but I don't know enough", he said.

"Clearly that's something we need to look into", Mr Ryan told a radio talk show on Thursday, adding many lawmakers had not been aware until now such devices, which enable guns to be turned into rapid-fire weapons, existed.

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