Thursday, 15 November, 2018

U.S. gun lobby calls for curbs on deadly rifle device

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Ellis Copeland | 08 October, 2017, 18:37

The devices are known as bump stocks, among other names.

"The NRA believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations", the NRA said.

Toomey, whose effort with Democratic Sen.

As Congress is weighing a ban on "bump stocks", the device that shooter Stephen Paddock used to modify his semi-automatic weapon into a fully automatic weapon, killing 58 people and injuring nearly 500 in Las Vegas, Albany lawmakers are taking up their own bills, including one sponsored by Staten Island state Sen.

"Be advised it is automatic fire", an office radioed in.

Congressman Elijah Cummings tweeted that it's on Congress to "end the use of bump stocks and the destruction they cause". While fully automatic weapons are under extremely tight ownership regulation in the United States, bump stocks are legal and widely available.

Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey said while he's "generally skeptical" of blanket bans on specific firearms or accessories, he is "certainly open to Congress holding hearings to learn more about bump stocks and related matters". King later asked Trump about background checks with waiting periods for gun purchases.

One Las Vegas gun dealer told how banning bump stocks would not affect most gun users.

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Rhode Island Democratic Rep. David Cicilline introduced the same legislation in the House on Wednesday and noted that almost 100 members signed on, but so far no Republican has co-sponsored the bill. "Many people are just learning about these bump stocks and I'm sure there will be a conversation moving forward".

"I don't think you can read a ban on bump fire stocks into existing law", Massie said.

After assassination of Las Vegas, US President Donald Trump has advocated banning of so-called permanent fire devices in weapons.

If you look up Nevada's gun laws - and Dr. Seuss wrote stories with higher word counts than Nevada's gun laws - then perhaps you aren't quite so surprised.

Unfortunately, the NRA is suggesting quid pro quo for its acquiesence on bump-stocks.

Bump stocks should be bumped off the sales floor and into the junk heap to help prevent future slaughters of innocent Americans.

The NRA announcement followed comments from leading congressional Republicans including House Speaker Paul Ryan that Congress should take a look at the devices, which were little-known even to gun enthusiasts prior to Sunday's bloodbath. On this one, they seemed resigned that something was going to happen. If it's shown that laws could reduce gun violence and gun deaths - according to the Gun Violence Archive, it takes 28 days in Chicago to match those 58 gun deaths; those victims, by the way, are overwhelmingly poor, black and male - people might insist that politicians try to do something about the issue. "I think they see an opportunity to move toward what appears to be some sort of compromise without actually compromising any of their pretty hard line decisions".

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