March 20 2018

Rep. Bill Flores on Bump Stocks: 'They Should Be Banned'

March 20 2018, 11:35 | Ann Lamb

Buchanan wants regulation for gun accessory after Las Vegas shooting

Some Republicans open to banning the kind of gun accessory used in Vegas shootings

"Legislation would make crystal clear that Congress is banning all devices that allow a weapon to achieve an automatic rate of fire, regardless of how a weapon is altered".

Cornyn later said he'd spoken with Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, and that Grassley was interested in convening a hearing.

Bump stocks allow semi-automatic weapons to simulate automatic fire but "do not actually alter the firearm to fire automatically, making them legal under current federal law", Snyder said.

"For a guy from Wyoming who owns plenty of guns, it's something I had never heard of until yesterday", said John Barrasso, a member of the Senate's Republican leadership.

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.

Going further than Cornyn, Sen.

Discerning Paddock's motive has proven especially baffling as he had no criminal record, no known history of mental illness and no outward signs of social disaffection, political discontent or extremist ideology, police said.

"My reaction was that this was all created to kill or injure as many people as possible as quickly as possible, and that's the reason why automatic weapons are generally not available", Cornyn said Thursday.

California, which is generally considered to have the most-stringent gun restrictions among the states, bars bump stocks through restrictions on any "manual or power-driven trigger-activating device constructed and designed so that when attached to a semiautomatic firearm it increases the rate of fire", a representative of the California Attorney General's Office said.

"The only reason to modify a gun is to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible", Feinstein, D-Calif., told reporters Wednesday. And, after assassination of Las Vegas, was first prepared for a concession.

Other Republicans were undecided, but said they'd consider the subject. "I just thank God". We still don't know all the facts of what happened.

Feinstein was successful in getting an assault weapons ban passed in 1994, but it expired in 2004 and was not renewed by Congress.

The National Rifle Association has gone dark following the shooting massacre in Las Vegas, but other pro-gun groups are warning Republicans against moving on new gun violence legislation.

"Federal regulations won't be able to fully close this loophole", said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. "I'm concerned about it, I'll put it that way".

Banning bump stocks and similar add-ons appears to be an approach that reasonable lawmakers in both parties can embrace. You supported a bump stock ban, then why not a ban on high-capacity magazines?

It remains unclear whether many top Trump boosters will come out against bump stock regulation. "Anyway, something to look at", Graham said. It can reportedly allow a gun to shoot hundred of rounds per minute.

The US National Rifle Association says devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic firearms need tougher regulation after the Las Vegas shooting.

Maybe the NRA is also motivated by genuine belief that bump stocks are a bad thing and need to be more regulated. "We're certainly open to that moving forward", she added. "That's what we ought to do".

"It's premature to be discussing legislative solutions, if there are any", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

Past efforts to restrict bump stocks were met with little success.

"I'm a Second Amendment man". "I'm not for any gun control, okay?" Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen.

Breitbart News has run several articles in the last several days criticizing Republicans for considering legislation to ban the gun modifications.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board dismissed the argument that gun control - and banning bump stocks specifically - would stop mass shootings, writing that the practice of bumping a trigger manually with one's finger "long predates bump stocks or other accessories". Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. "Bump stocks might have to be looked at".

But the intense scrutiny has made them harder to get: A week ago bump stocks sold for about $100. "We have seen the dire results of these type of mechanisms".

Feinstein's bill has 29 co-sponsors, all Democrats or independents who caucus with Democrats.

"I am introducing this legislation in hopes of closing this unsafe loophole and ensuring that civilians can not modify their guns to fire nine bullets per second", she said.

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