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Marc Thiessen: A 'bump stock' ban is something Republicans should support

Marc Thiessen: A 'bump stock' ban is something Republicans should support

The sale of automatic weapons has been largely banned in USA since 1980s. "The NRA believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations".

The party also faces an extra complication because many of its incumbent senators, including a handful of them up for re-election this year, hail from red states where any form of gun-control legislation will be less popular.

"I own probably more guns than most members of Congress, and that was the first time I'd ever heard of a bump stock", said North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, chair of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus.

A semi-automatic rifle fires one round per squeeze of the trigger. And given how every other recent attempt at gun control has gone, most of the questions at the press conference boiled down to, why do you have any hope this would get any support? It includes a mechanism that allows the gun to "bump" back and forth while firing.

In this case, she said, the NRA "could say bump stocks should be illegal, but that all the ways of making this illegal will have the unintended consequences of making semi-automatics illegal". Ryan is an avid hunter and an opponent of gun control legislation. They only support NRA strategic sense gun novelty device control.

No fear, maybe, because Feldman had no knowledge of the existence of bump stocks until now anyway.

"The NRA believes that devices meant to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations", Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox, the group's top two leaders, said in the statement. This is otherwise outlawed in the United States. Purchases of semi-automatic weapons, however, come with no such restrictions. Paddock also researched locations in Boston, including Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox baseball club, NBC reported, citing multiple law enforcement sources.

On Thursday, the National Rifle Association joined the Trump administration and top congressional Republicans in seeking to regulate bump stocks. The statute bans "multiburst trigger activator", defined as a device attached to a semi-automatic rifle that "allows the firearm to discharge two or more shots in a burst by activating the device".

Earlier Mr Sullivan said he felt "physically ill" to think that he had interacted with Paddock before he committed the Las Vegas shooting killing 59 people. Slide Fire, the leading maker of bump stocks, suspended sales of the items.

Part of Paddock's plan, officials said, was the modification of weapons from semi-automatic guns into fully automatic ones that could rapidly dispose of bullets at a pace-10 shots a second-and so could mow down concertgoers before they could make their escape from the Route 91 Festival below.

Republican Representative of Illinois, Adam Kinzinger, added that he is circulating a letter to his colleagues, urging ATF to re-evaluate bump stocks, which he says has "no place in civilized society".

But even gun enthusiasts should drop their opposition to devices that make a semiautomatic weapon fully automatic.

Gun rights groups are wandering in the political landscape on a looming prohibition with NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre saying it may be time to "take a look at that and see if it's in compliance with federal law, and it's worthy of additional regulation" which some Dems have characterized as a dodge. "He started telling me about, not just the bump stocks, about a crank and other methods to mechanically increase the rate of fire", Flake said.

Another NRA policy priority, the deregulation of silencer attachments, appears to have been stalled in Congress in the wake of the Las Vegas attack after Republican sponsors withdrew their bill. "They want to go out and limit the rights of gun owners", Scalise said.


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