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NRA calls for crackdown on gun modifications used by Las Vegas gunman

07 Octubre 2017, 06:21 | Crisanna Felipe

Crowds flee a gunman's attack on the Route 91 Harvest festival at the Las Vegas Strip on Oct. 1 2017. Getty

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The National Rifle Association, the largest gun-lobbying group in the United States, has said it backs regulations on rapid fire devices following the deadliest mass-shooting in U.S. history in Las Vegas on Sunday.

This week, he says he has gotten several calls about bump stocks. Experts say that bump stocks decrease a weapon's accuracy, wrote Politico's Lorraine Woellert, and make it more unsafe to use. "Accordingly, we find that the "bump stock" is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under Gun Control Act or the National Fireams Act".

But she cautioned against moving toward any single gun control measure before the investigation into the Nevada incident is complete.

Bump fire stocks replace the standard rifle stock that rests against a user's shoulder.

"The only other way for it to be fully automatic is to modify the weapon", Baughman explained.Modifying a semi-automatic gun into a fully-automatic gun is possible.

Through smashed windows in his 32nd-floor hotel room, Paddock opened fire Sunday night on the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, which drew a crowd of more than 22,000 people.

He shot and killed 59 people and injured more than 500 on Monday, the deadliest shooting in modern US history. If someone wants to purchase them, they pick out the gun they want, the salesperson will brief them on the weapon, they fill out a 4473 form, and undergo an Federal Bureau of Investigation background check.

"It's become a very, very popular attraction without a doubt", said Machine Gun Vegas owner Genghis Cohen. When the trigger is pulled, the bullet is fired and the gun ejects the empty casing while loading in a fresh one for the next pull.

"Bump fire stock, while simulating automatic fire, do not actually alter the firearm to fire automatically, making them legal under current federal law", Snyder said.

They're legal across the country as long as the firearms they're attached to are legal. However, they remain highly controversial.

"A lot of people are just not aware of that and whenever an incident like this happens, these products people are aware of and then they sell out", Cargill said.

Bump stocks can be used to effectively convert semi-automatic rifles so that they fire so rapidly it simulates a fully automatic weapon.

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". Here are the celebs tweets that talked about #guncontrol in the US.



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