The National Rifle Association (NRA) said in a statement that it agrees to tighter control of "bump stocks", which are used to replace a rifle's standard stock to give a semi-automatic rifle the rapid firing speed of a machine gun.
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 2010 ruled that the bump stock is a "firearm part" that didn't violate federal law.
"I didn't even know what they were until this week and I'm an avid sportsman", Ryan said.
The NRA statement also criticized some lawmakers for pushing for gun control in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. A semi-automatic weapon fires only one shot when the trigger is pulled. "I think that's our right as Americans, but I don't understand the use of this bump stock and that's another reason to have a hearing", Senator John Cornyn, the No 2 Republican in the Senate, told reporters.
In the past, polls have found a majority of Americans do not support stricter gun laws. By the time police broke down the hotel room door, Paddock had killed himself with one of his own weapons. "They make the gun pretty uncontrollable", said Baenziger.
While some Republican lawmakers may still yet be ambivalent, Mr. Trump's demagogic capability may just be an asset to prod them to rein in the accessibility of guns or banning the aforementioned bump stocks.
A bump stock can be attached to a semiautomatic rifle, such as an AR-15, and replace the regular stock.
The NRA's maneuver also provides political relief to any Republicans who don't want to vote on a ban on bump stocks for fear of angering conservative media or the hyper-rigid Gun Owners of America, a smaller but more radical version of the NRA that has come straight out against bump-stock regulations.
Some members of Congress and are now calling for bans on bump stocks. "I have no idea why, but anytime an unfortunate situation happens and they start talking about getting rid of stuff, we get those phone calls", he said.
Democrats, including senator Dianne Feinstein of California, on Wednesday introduced legislation banning aftermarket products created to allow more rapid firing.
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The comments came following news Paddock had bought 33 guns between October 2016 and September 28, when he checked into the hotel. Automatic weapons have been illegal in the United States for over 30 years but bump stock devices offer a way around that law.
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