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

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Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate judiciary committee.

It's called the bump stock, and it's a device that some gun owners use to modify semiautomatic rifles to make them fire faster, nearly as fast as a fully automatic rifle.

Going further than Cornyn, Sen.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Wednesday that the ban is "something I'd be interested in looking at to see if a law change would matter".

Jay Roberts, a 43-year-old municipal worker in OH, said he bought his first bump stock in 2012 because he wanted to try out a full automatic weapon, but "couldn't afford the outrageous price" of one. "To me, that is part of that same type of process".

"I have no problem in banning [bump-stocks]".

The White House said on Thursday it welcomed efforts by both political parties to address the use of "bump stock" gun accessories, which enable rifles to be turned into rapid-fire weapons, following the Las Vegas mass shooting.

"I didn't know they existed until this", Duncan said, adding that he and other members have been "watching videos" to ‎learn more about the device.

"The bump fire is actually not a very accurate attachment to the rifle, because you're kind of all over the place with it because of the way you have to hold it, so the gun has to move a lot more".

A handful of Republicans made headlines for supporting the idea of such a ban in the hours after California Sen.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo confirmed on Wednesday that Paddock, on the weekend before his attack, rented a room at a downtown Las Vegas luxury condominium complex, the Ogden, near the site of another music festival.

But, Feinstein said, "for one reason or another", her daughter and neighbors decided not to make the trip from San Francisco. "Could happen to any one of us".

During her news conference, Feinstein noted that she's no stranger to "what guns can do".

Even so, asked Tuesday about "bump stocks" and whether they should be legal, McConnell, R-Ky., said it was not an appropriate time to be discussing legislation.

"I'm open to finding out about it and maybe putting it on the category that would be outlawed", Inhofe said.

"This device has no objective but to convert an already deadly weapon into a completely lethal carnage force multiplier", he said.

In a headline on the site on Thursday, Breitbart framed an Associated Press story about GOP leaders considering a bump stock ban as a "widespread cave", while the top story on the site described White House counselor Kellyanne Conway as "weak" for telling CNN that the administration is open to a gun control conversation.

But there is some debate among gun experts about whether a gun equipped with a bump stock actually becomes a more lethal weapon. "Anyway, something to look at", Graham said. The difference between an automatic and a semiautomatic effectively translates to firing hundreds of rounds a minute versus dozens or so in the same time frame.

"In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved", the NRA said.

Technically, that means the finger is pulling the trigger for each round fired, keeping the weapon a legal semi-automatic.

Some Republicans are asking why these bump stock parts were ever approved in the first place and are calling out former President Obama. "Let's have a discussion".

The carnage on Sunday night across the street from the Mandalay Bay hotel ranked as the bloodiest mass shooting in modern USA history, surpassing the 49 people shot to death a year ago at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. "I don't think people are aware of this".

President Donald Trump had been similarly silent on gun control in recent days, telling reporters he would "talk about that on a later date".

"One thing about the Second Amendment I feel is, it is really unique on the planet".

MANN: Several Republican senators are now voicing similar concerns and say their staffs are investigating whether new legislation is appropriate. It failed, like every piece of new gun control legislation since 2007. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania fell short on the Senate floor. "I'd be willing to look at that".

Other Republicans were undecided, but said they'd consider the subject. "I apologize, but I do not know". Deb Fischer. "It's just what we do in Nebraska". It now has 38 co-sponsors, all Democrats. He said he finds shooting with bump shots fun. Jon Tester, a Democrat who's up for re-election in Montana next year. They planned to stay at the Mandalay Bay hotel, where the shooter carried out his attack on concert-goers below.

"It seems like it's an obvious area we ought to explore and see if it's something Congress needs to act on", Sen. Some gun owners like tricking out their rifles, sort of like a hot rod auto, comparing speed and power. "This is taking it into war".

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