More Republicans in Congress, and NRA, open to changes on "bump stocks"

During her Thursday White House briefing, Sanders agreed with the National Rifle Association (NRA) that so-called bump stocks that simulate fully-automatic gunfire might need to be regulated. "Someone's got to say something because if we don't we end up looking like a bunch of cockroaches scurrying for cover".

Sanders also said that the main focus of President Donald Trump has been on uniting and healing the country.

Law enforcement officials say Stephen Paddock used two bump stocks to fire hundreds of times into the crowd at the at the Route 91 Harvest Festival at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Nor will the gun grabbers stop at bump stocks, as total disarmament is their goal, even if it is unstated and even if they deny it. It frees the weapon to slide back and forth rapidly, harnessing the energy from recoil when the weapon fires.

The NRA said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The stock only helps the shooter press the trigger much faster. The New York Times273 Based on the definition that a mass shooting involves four or more people shot, the shooting in Las Vegas is the 273rd of the year. "I have lots of family members that own weapons, that hunt, that are conservatives, that absolutely believe in gun control", said Dunbar, adding, "We are not divided".

"I'm a big advocate of Second Amendment rights", said Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), "but at the same time, I agree that civilians shouldn't have access - without special licensing - to fully automatic weapons".

"I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun", he wrote (the assault weapons ban expired in 2004).

The comments from lawmakers including No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas mark a surprising departure from the GOP's general antipathy to gun regulations of any kind.

When pressed about Trump's tweets-which appear to be in response to an NBC News article that stated Secretary of State Rex Tillerson considered resigning (something he later refuted) and called him a "moron" (which he didn't deny)-Sanders first tried to explain why Trump tweeted what he did.

Bump stocks "may be an area where we need to look to be sure the law is not being subverted", said Senator Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican.

That came as more and more Republicans in the Congress said they were open to the idea of doing something about 'bump stocks'.

Officials said 12 of the rifles authorities recovered from a hotel suite in Las Vegas used by gunman Stephen Paddock were fitted with bump stocks, allowing the guns to fire nearly as though they were automatic weapons.

  • Leroy Wright