Republicans & NRA shift ground, consider limiting bump stocks

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"We're certainly open to having that conversation", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

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

The NRA said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.

The killer in Las Vegas apparently used the legal bump stock devices on legal rifles, essentially converting them into automatic weapons, which are banned.

During President Donald Trump's visit to the University Medical Centre, a fragile and wounded Thomas Gunderson scrambled to get out of bed and stand for the First Lady and Commander-in-chief.

"We see a problem with any stories that are inaccurate or untruthful being presented to the American people as facts", she said, punting.

Following a mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, in which the gunman had weapons modified to allow rapid firing, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin told MSNBC that changing the law is "something we need to look into".

Days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, Republican lawmakers are calling on Congress to investigate bump stocks, which were used by the shooter to make his weapons fully automatic. "I hope they will know that we are all praying for them now".

That came as more and more Republicans in the Congress said they were open to the idea of doing something about 'bump stocks'. Bump-fire stocks are created to circumvent a ban that Republicans already are on record supporting.

"Long before the mass murder in Las Vegas, I fully supported meaningful gun safety legislation in Pennsylvania (and nationally)".

The careful and complementary language from Trump, his team, Republicans and gun control opponents stands out at a time when the White House and top GOP officials in Washington have taken increasingly frequent potshots at each other over everything from health care to foreign policy. Automatic weapons are already banned as part of the 1986 Firearms Owners Protection Act, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced legislation Wednesday that would ban the sale, transfer and manufacture of bump stocks, trigger cranks and other accessories that can accelerate a semiautomatic rifle's rate of fire.

In the hotel, according to the special agent in charge for the ATF Jill Snyder, twelve of the guns had bump stocks, a legally sold aftermarket device which enables a weapon to mimic automatic gunfire.

Also, the issue of bump stocks, while important, has been viewed by many as a minor concession that helps avoid a broader discussion.

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