Some Republicans, NRA Open To Bump Stocks Regulation

That old NRA propaganda ploy can be counted on to bring in big bucks from scared Second Amendment warriors even after the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that Americans have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

Yet the topic was by then already top of mind across the country, according to an analysis of Americans' online searches.

Stephen Paddock, the gunman in the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, bought two rifles and a handgun at Discount Firearms & Ammo LLC in Las Vegas in 2016.

Paddock, of Mesquite, Nevada, installed bump stocks on a dozen semiautomatic rifles authorities later found in his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. It was the first time that has happened in almost a year.

Many local gun shop owners compare bump stocks to an expensive toy. "I am ready to have this debate and hopeful that we can vote on gun reform that can keep these types of unsafe firearms off our streets and out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill". The trend also appears to be common after such attacks. "And they want to preserve this freedom that they know the elites protect for themselves, yet take away from the honest people and the average people". "Legislation would make crystal clear that Congress is banning all devices that allow a weapon to achieve an automatic rate of fire, regardless of how a weapon is altered".

New Jersey's Assault Weapons Ban is a good basis for the feasibility of a renewed national ban.

But a congressional gun debate is far from something that Republicans could tackle easily right now.

The National Rifle Association announced Thursday that it supports a review of bump fire stocks to see if they are in accordance with federal law.

Automatic weapons are illegal or heavily restricted, so how does it make sense to allow a device the main goal of which is to circumvent those rules?

House Republicans have said they might be open to legislation that would ban the type of firearm accessory that enabled the Las Vegas killer to fire his semiautomatic rifles as rapidly as machine guns.

Other local congressmen, however, expressed an interest in the proposal, which a bipartisan pair of U.S. House legislators - Republican Carlos Curbelo of Florida and Democrat Seth Moulton of MA - are introducing in that chamber.

Julie Gipson, co-owner of Chestatee Firearms in Dahlonega, Georgia, says she sells full automatic guns for tens of thousands of dollars, but she doesn't sell bump stocks, which she described as "a pain in the butt to work with".

He said he came up with the idea for a bump stock exclusively for recreational purposes, after he and his friends were out shooting one day and weren't able to fire as fast as they wanted. Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo is planning to introduce legislation Thursday to ban the sale of them.

Sudden endorsements of controls came nearly simultaneously from the NRA and the White House.

Later Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan suggested bump stocks might be subject to a regulatory solution rather than a legislative one. A vote on the bill has been delayed. What we know is that many were heroes helping to save lives.

Chicago, Boston probed As Congress appeared prepared to at least consider moving forward on the first gun limits in years, it emerged that Paddock may have scoped out other major USA cities for possible attacks. At the same time, efforts to loosen restrictions have failed in several states where Republicans are in control. The gun lobby puts out its talking points that now is not the time to talk about it.

  • Leroy Wright