Congress needs to examine gun 'bump stock' devices: House speaker

Congress needs to examine gun 'bump stock' devices: House speaker

Congress needs to examine gun 'bump stock' devices: House speaker

Officials said 12 of the rifles authorities recovered from a hotel suite in Las Vegas used by gunman Stephen Paddock were fitted with bump stocks, allowing the guns to fire nearly as though they were automatic weapons.

"This is such a blatant exploitation of the law, circumvention of the law, that the growing bipartisan consensus is a product of", Curbelo said about the shift after years of inaction by majority of congressional Republicans on gun legislation.

"We as a nation need to look at that particular issue", he said. She also touted Democratic legislation stopping bump stocks.

In the interview with Ryan aired by MSNBC, the top House Republican gave no other details about what action the Republican-controlled House might take toward bump stock devices, or what the timeline would be for any legislative steps. He said the ATF determined the tools complied with federal law in 2010 and 2012. Authorities said he may have used a "bump stock", which accelerates the rate of gunfire and allows a shooter to fire more bullets in a condensed period of time.

This source believed that there would be a GOP-sponsored bill from a group of moderate Republicans that would narrowly address the issue.

However, in 2010, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ruled bump stocks were considered a part and therefore would not be regulated as a weapon.

The devices, known as "bump stocks" among other names, are legal and originally were meant to help people with limited hand mobility fire a semi-automatic without the individual trigger pulls required.

It's unclear how the legislation would be drafted, but the easiest way would be to simply reverse current ATF policy rather than institute a ban on the manufacture and sales of the accessories.

"I didn't even know what they were until this week, and I'm an avid sportsman", the Wisconsin Republican said in comments that aired Thursday on MSNBC.

"What I don't think you want your government to do is to lurch toward reactions before even having all the facts", Ryan said. Apparently this allows you to take a semiautomatic and turn it into a fully automatic.

Kevin Yoder also said Thursday that he would support "measures to regulate or ban these types of devices". In 2013, Republicans and 15 Democrats defeated another such ban in the Senate, 60-40.

The National Rifle Association, a powerful opponent of most gun control initiatives, so far has been silent on whether it would support or oppose efforts in Congress to ban or control bump stocks.

Pressed about those gun rights advocates who argue this approach could be a slippery slope to additional gun restrictions, Curbelo waved that argument off, saying, "Do the right thing every time".

"If somebody can essentially convert a semi-automatic weapon by buying one of these and utilizing it and cause the kind of mayhem and mass casualties that we saw in Las Vegas, that's something of obvious concern that we ought to explore", Cornyn told reporters.

The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, has made similar comments, as have other Republicans. Sen.

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