After Vegas massacre, USA gun lobby backs calls for new curbs

Kristopher Drake
October 7, 2017

Though it is rare for the NRA to endorse even discussing any sort of gun regulation measure, the organization already banned the use of bump stocks at the firing range at its headquarters.

Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, shot at a crowd of concert-goers late Sunday night from his room on the 34th floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the Las Vegas strip. "They make the gun pretty uncontrollable", said Baenziger.

Democratic house leader Nancy Pelosi also called for the ban of the device, as well as other more comprehensive gun legislation.

Curbelo plans to offer a bill to ban bump stocks and says his office has heard from many lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, who are interested in it.

DeGrazia wrote in an email to CBC News that prior to the recent show of bipartisan support for limitations on bump stocks, he was convinced that "even the most sensible" new gun restrictions would fail to materialize despite the carnage in Las Vegas.

The statement from the NRA said the right to sell bump stock devices was approved during the Obama-era.

The products, ostensibly developed to help people with disabilities to fire rifles, are not widely possessed by gun owners and are viewed as "novelty items", said sociologist Jennifer Carlson, who studies gun culture at the University of Arizona. He was found dead in his hotel room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after killing 58 people and wounding over 450 more.


A bump stock is an affordable attachment that enables a semi-automatic rifle to simulate the effect of a fully automatic rifle.

Several sellers of bump stocks are reportedly running low on supply, and it remains to be seen how vocal gun rights groups will be in the coming debate.

The NRA's public call for review of regulations for bump stocks reminds Carlson of how the association handled calls for background checks. "So we'll see what kind of legislation is proposed".

But should the ATF modify federal statute to make such devices illegal, the move would circumvent Congress. She also reinforced President Trump's support of the Second Amendment. We recognize that they may be fun to use for some recreational shooters. "Before we can run out and talk about the preventions. we have to determine what caused it". As FRONTLINE reported in the 2015 documentary Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA, the NRA has fiercely resisted more stringent gun control policy, exercising a sizeable operating budget and considerable influence on lawmakers in Congress.

"I told you before I didn't think anything was likely to happen", he said Thursday.

The group has been a vocal force in stopping gun control legislation in the aftermath of past mass shootings and in its statement supporting regulation of bump stocks said, "Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks".

Authorities meanwhile were studying the relationship between Paddock, who had no criminal record, and his girlfriend Marilou Danley, whom Federal Bureau of Investigation agents questioned for clues to what drove Paddock to commit the deadliest USA shooting of modern times.

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