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Authorities say the shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, had affixed bump stocks to at least 12 of the 23 firearms they later recovered from his room.

The comments came following news Paddock had bought 33 guns between October 2016 and September 28, when he checked into the hotel. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, about holding a hearing on bump stocks and "any other aspect of this bad crime that we need to look at from a federal perspective" once the initial investigation is complete. "There's no reason for a typical gun owner to own anything that converts a semiautomatic to something that behaves like an automatic". Right now, she added, lawmakers in both parties are talking about bump stocks and "I'd like us to stay focused on it".

Cornyn later said he'd spoken with Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, and that Grassley was interested in convening a hearing.

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.

They are for novelty, and they work best for short bursts that mimic automatic fire at the gun range.

Automatic weapons have been illegal in the United States for over 30 years but bump stock devices offer a way around that law. Ron Johnson flat-out said he had "no problem" banning the device. They blocked background check legislation after the shooting deaths of elementary school children in CT in 2012, and took no action despite intense pressure from Democrats, including a House floor sit-in, after last year's bloodbath at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

"Maybe seeing Senator Feinstein doing her thing - leading the charge against gun violence once again - will remind any wobbling Democrats of how passionate and effective she can be", said Dan Newman, a San Francisco political strategist who hasn't worked with Feinstein. This narrative has become familiar and we have seen it before with Charleston shooter Dylann Roof, James Holmes in Aurora, Tucson shooter Jared Loughner, Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza, and Elliot Rodger, who committed the horrific massacre here in Isla Vista in May 2014.

The nation's largest gun-lobbying group said devices that allow semiautomatic rifles to function like automatic firearms should be subject to new regulation after a growing number of Republican lawmakers say they're open to such restrictions. Even the most unpopular ideas- banning the sale of semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines won the support of over 50% of respondents. A Walmart spokesperson said bump stocks violate the company's prohibited items policy and should've never been sold there in the first place. Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake made similar comments.

"This is definitely an area where we're going to look and be able to act on", House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said on Fox News.

As Sanders spoke, the NRA - which has traditionally opposed gun control efforts - expressed support for new regulations on bump stocks.

In an interview with the Guardian, Igor Volsky, the founder of the group Guns Down, said Sunday's shooting in Las Vegas has shown that taking small steps is not sufficient, using background checks as an example.

The speaker isn't the only Republican showing interest in possible legislation banning the piece of equipment used to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

One key Republican, Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

Don Turner, president of the Nevada Firearms Coalition - the state association for the NRA, representing gun owners, users and clubs - says such a law wouldn't have stopped Sunday's shooter or limited his effectiveness.

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