Some Republicans open to banning "bump stocks" after Las Vegas shooting

People flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire

"The NRA believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations", the NRA said.

Trigger cranks and bump stocks are completely legal, they even come with ATF certifications that they do not constitute an illegal conversion of the guns.

A bump stock is a device that can be attached to the butt of a rifle, allowing it to fire like an automatic weapon.

In another significant development, Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC, the key voice behind the so-called gun silencer bill that awaits a vote in the House, said he would be open to debating the bump stock issue and plans to talk to more of his Republican colleagues.

Two: This mealy-mouthed RINO knows all too well how short Americans' attention spans are when it comes to mass shootings and gun control. Feinstein said. "Why can't we keep a weapon from becoming a military battlefield weapon?" "But if you're saying that this Republican Congress is going to infringe upon Second Amendment rights, we're not going to do that", he said.

Ryan, McCarthy and Goodlatte are among a widening group of Republican lawmakers who have said they are open to debating further restrictions on bump stocks.

But with next year's midterm elections around the corner and Democrats still reeling from their shocking losses in 2016, the party isn't planning to make the issue a central focus in Washington like it did last year, when Congress members held sit-ins on the House floor and Senate Democrats engaged in a 15-hour filibuster on guns.

Sadly, that's not likely to happen here, because the National Rifle Association maintains its tight grip on bought-and-paid-for politicians who are in such denial that federal funding for gun violence research is outlawed, even for how to make guns safer for gun owners.

"They are the best equipped, most feared special interest group on Capitol Hill".

LaPierre issued the statement joinly with Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action.

He told reporters Tuesday that it is "completely inappropriate to politicize an event like this" and declined to answer further questions on the subject. And do you think you have a majority of the House Republicans?

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Other Republican senators, including Orrin Hatch of Utah and John Thune of South Dakota, said they're considering whether changes are needed.

Feinstein, who in 2013 authored an assault weapons ban bill, which failed 40-60 in the Senate, now has 24 co-sponsors of the bill, all Democrats.

One, unveiled Wednesday by Sen.

Bump stocks are an add-on feature you can get on a semi-automatic rifle.

Researchers have correlated guns with higher homicide rates in the United States.

"You and I and all of my constituents, they want their families to be able to go to movies, to go to churches, to go to elementary school-my gosh-and festivals without worrying about these things happening and they are happening", he told C4.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein once tried to have these accessories banned as part of a larger bill to get rid of assault weapons. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reiterated her proposal to increase background checks and call on House Speaker Paul Ryan to create a select committee to find common ground on gun violence at a CNN town hall Wednesday.

"There's a strong, growing bipartisan consensus that we need to address this very soon", Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo tells Rolling Stone.

"I think we all need to take a step back", she said during the daily White House press briefing. "It's obvious that this is a flagrant circumvention of the law, and no member of Congress should support any circumvention of existing law". David Perdue (R-GA).

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