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Paul Ryan says likely vote on 'bump stock' after Las Vegas shooting
January 19 2018, 01:42 | Irvin Gilbert
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People flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire
MANN: Slide Fire reportedly sold $10 million's worth of bump stock kits when they first went on the market six years ago. Mass shooting leads to knee-jerk discussions gun control; the mere possibility of stricter gun control and propaganda by the NRA and its allies bring about the rush to buy more firearms; but ultimately gun-control laws do not change much, or change at all.
"We welcome that and would like to be part of that conversation". "I just had no idea that that was possible".
"A ban on bump fire stocks was included in my 2013 assault weapons bill, and I'm looking at how best to proceed with legislation to finally close this loophole". This massacre now ranks as the worst mass shooting in modern USA history.
"That law is now being implemented, so I think it's important that as we see the dust settle and we see what was behind some of these tragedies, that mental health reform is a critical ingredient to making sure that we can try to prevent some of these things from happening in the past", he said. Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, said he couldn't respond to the legislation until his staffers could show him how the devices work and "how that affects law". In essence, this $200 device circumvents legislation passed by Congress more than 30 years ago that bans the sale of new automatic weapons.
"Getting rid of bump stocks makes sense, [but] I think anyone who thinks that solves the problem is insane", Schumer says. "You're not mechanically modifying a weapon, but you're putting an aftermarket product on that allows you to lay down. suppressive fire". "Fully automatic weapons have been banned a long time; apparently this allows you to take a semi-automatic, turn it into an automatic, so clearly that's something we need to look into".
"We need to determine what happened in 2010 when the Obama administration approved those - the why, the what, what was the process they were going through to do the approval", Sen.
However, since then several top Republicans have signaled they are open to action on bump stocks.
"I think we are on the verge of a breakthrough when it comes to sensible gun policy", Curbelo told reporters Thursday, saying his office has been "flooded" with calls from other lawmakers asking about the bill.
Ryan, McCarthy and Goodlatte are among a widening group of Republican lawmakers who have said they are open to debating further restrictions on bump stocks.
Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said the scale of the preparations - including weapons, ammunition and electronics he stockpiled - raise questions about Paddock potentially having had an accomplice, but none has been identified.
The NRA has come in for intense criticism for its pro-weapons stance, but in a rare statement calling for further regulation, it said: "The National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law".
In the meantime, many GOP senators remain cautious about throwing their support behind regulating an accessory they are just learning about.
Curbelo's proposal to outright ban the devices brought together odd bedfellows and became the talk of Washington this week - a dynamic that's on display as Curbelo walks across the marble floors of the Capitol Thursday. I did not know that there was technology capable, that cheaply, of transforming a semiautomatic into an automatic weapon.