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Sen. Dianne Feinstein introducing bill to ban bump fire stocks

Sen. Dianne Feinstein introducing bill to ban bump fire stocks”

The NRA made the move after lawmakers from both parties said they would take a closer look at bump stocks.

In its first statement since the shooting that left 59 dead and over 500 wounded, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and Executive Director Chris Cox said they would be open to regulating bump stocks, which allow rifles to fire at a higher rate mimicking an automatic weapon.

The motion of the stock makes the modified weapon "horribly inaccurate", U.S. Conceal Carry Association President Tim Schmidt told Fox Business.

Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday that "we're certainly open to having that conversation".

Even some House Republicans who are among the most avid supporters of gun rights said they had not heard of bump stocks before this week.

The device replaces a rifle's standard stock, which is the part held against the shoulder.

A bump fire stock, (L), that attaches to an semi-automatic assault rifle.

The top Republican in the House says he's open to considering a possible ban on "bump stocks", the device the shooter in Las Vegas apparently used to make semi-automatic rifles perform more like fully automatic weapons. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat and longtime proponent of gun control, introduced the measure Wednesday. "Bump-fire stocks, while simulating automatic fire, do not actually alter the firearm to fire automatically, making them legal under current federal law".

Echoing a sentiment circulating around conservative media, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway pointed out on "Fox & Friends" on Thursday that in 2010, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms decided against classifying the weapons as automatic.

Trump says ahead of a dinner with senior military leaders at the White House Thursday evening, "We'll be looking into that over the next short period of time".

"This is one of the greatest troll jobs I've seen in a very long time", Hookstead wrote on the site.

Manchin, who co-sponsored the failed bill that would have expanded background checks, said Tuesday, "I come from a gun state and I am a protector of Second Amendment rights and I understand these people's fear". We still don't know all the facts of what happened. The group has been a vocal force in stopping gun control legislation in the aftermath of past mass shootings, and in its statement supporting regulation of bump stocks said, "Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks".

Further, the Daily Caller's David Hookstead, one of the site's vocal gun enthusiasts, wrote a column praising a viral video that attempts to troll gun-control proponents by pretending a bump stock-modified rifle could fire 70,000 rounds per minute.

The association bans the use of these devices in some of their own firing ranges, Politico reports.



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