Las Vegas, NV – On Thursday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) announced its support for ‘tighter’ restrictions on bump stock devices.
The announcement came in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday, October 1, where 58 people were murdered, and over 500 injured, by shooter Steven Paddock, who used the devices to modify 12 rifles, according to The New York Times.
Bump stock devices allow a semiautomatic rifle to fire bullets much faster than somebody could pull the trigger without assistance. They use a semiautomatic rifle’s recoil to allow it to fire as many as 400 to 800 rounds per minute.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) had previously ruled that bump stocks do not violate rules concerning fully-automatic weapons guns, whose ownership is restricted.
In a statement released on Thursday, the NRA said that ATF should reconsider the issue, and “immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.”
“The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semiautomatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”
On Thursday night, NRA President Wayne LaPierre held a press conference to clarify the NRA’s position on bump stocks, according to Talking Points Memo, apparently after some media sources began reporting that the NRA was calling for a ban.
He said that the NRA called for a review, not an outright ban on the devices. LaPierre told Sean Hannity of Fox News, “We didn’t say ban, we didn’t say confiscate.”
“The other side has been so outright trying to politicize this tragedy that we did feel the need to speak out today on this whole bump stock issue.”
Despite the NRA’s call for a review of bump stocks, LaPierre maintained the NRA’s position that gun control laws don’t work.
Also on Thursday, Slide Fire, a Texas-based manufacturer of bump stock devices, temporarily suspended its online sales, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Other manufacturers have reported that they are sold out of bump stocks due to gun owners’ fears that the device will be banned.
In Washington, D.C., support from Democrat and Republican lawmakers for a ban on bump stock devices is rapidly growing.
Florida Republican House Representative Carlos Curbelo and Massachusetts Democrat House Representative Seth Moulton have proposed bi-partisan legislation to ban the manufacture, sale, and use of bump stocks.
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