Trump, NRA open to ban on 'bump stocks' for guns

Monday, 09 Oct, 2017

Six days after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, the National Rifle Association released an official statement saying that rapid-fire devices such as the ones used by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock "should be subject to additional regulations". Fully automatic weapons allow an individual to pull the trigger back and continually shoot until the magazine has emptied, meaning the rate of fire is substantially faster.

Republican lawmakers who represent the Mahoning Valley said they're willing to look at legislation regulating "bump stocks", which allowed the shooter in the Las Vegas massacre to effectively convert semiautomatic weapons into automatic weapons.

The Las Vegas shooter had a number of bump stocks, which may have dramatically increased the carnage. But they were far from a guarantee of a path forward for the new legislation by Sen.

"Fully automatic weapons have been banned for a long time", said US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan in an interview with MSNBC.

The 1934 National Firearms Act regulates machine guns, defining them as "any weapon which shoots, is created to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger".

Nobody should believe Congress is serious about banning bump stocks until it does so. The Senate's Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has said he'd need a full investigation into what happened in Las Vegas before holding any hearing. He does not sell bump stocks in his store but he does not think they should be banned. Lindsey Graham said the Republican from SC is also on board.

"There are at least a dozen ways to make a semi-automatic firearm more quickly", he said.

"We welcome that and a conversation on that", Sanders said. They were influential in pushing for the The National Firearms Act of 1934. "But we really need to stop and think: Is this going to have the impact that we want?"

Recent mass shootings in Colorado, Connecticut and Florida all failed to unite Congress on any legislative response. Automatic weapons have been tightly regulated since the 1930s, and manufacture of new machine guns has been illegal since 1986. The agency determined that the company's stock was only a firearm part and not subject to regulation under the Gun Control Act of 1968 or the National Firearms Act of 1934. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania fell short on the Senate floor.

Mr. Trump got aboard the move toward a ban, which already had garnered support from some Republican lawmakers.

Across Capitol Hill, the contours of America's gun debate are well established.

The bump fire or bump stock has little practical objective.

"I don't know much about those but I'm not against doing something about that". As other gun shops stocked up, Lentz took a pass.

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 3 Republican senator, said, "I'm interest in finding out more about bump stocks and I've got my staff looking into that and I know there are other members interested in finding out more about it as well".

Such is the case now as political debate stirs over a regulatory decision approving the use of "bump stocks" like those possessed by the Las Vegas gunman. Some, including Sens. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Lindsey Graham of SC and David Perdue of Georgia, seemed to leave the door open when it came to taking action on the contraptions, according to Politico.

If the dangers of machine guns are sufficient to exempt them from Second Amendment protection, then so are the dangers of "simulated" machine guns.