Local reaction to NRA's endorsement of bump stock regulation


The No. 2 Republican senator a day earlier had called for a review of bump stocks while Democrats had already been urging new legislation.

SCOTT DETROW, BYLINE: That's right. It also prohibits fully automatic weapons and shotguns or rifles with sawed-off barrels and silencers.

But this is more of an opening than any gun control bill has seen in a long time even if a bump stock ban is a much more limited measure than what many Democrats would like to see.

Before the Las Vegas attack, a man named Stephen Paddock booked rooms in a Chicago hotel that overlooked the site of the August Lollapalooza music festival, a spokeswoman for Chicago's Blackstone Hotel said in an e-mail.

Bump stocks are attached to semiautomatic rifles like AR-15s and AK-47s to speed up the rate of fire, leveraging the gun's own recoil to allow a person to fire faster than manual trigger-pulling.

"I think it's particularly inappropriate to politicize an event like this", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday. "Apparently this allows you to take a semiautomatic and turn it into a fully automatic so clearly that's something we need to look into".

SIEGEL: The NRA of course is a big player here.

The FBI has said there is no evidence of a link between the suspect and an worldwide terrorist organization at this time. They seem determined to do the bidding of the NRA and make it more likely that Americans will be killed in mass shootings. It hadn't posted on its Twitter account in five days.

"The NRA believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations", the statement from NRA leaders Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox said.

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There is a bit of a catch here. Weapons that simulate the rapid-fire of machine guns are also banned, she said. "Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks". Civilians can own automatic weapons if they were made before 1986 gun restrictions went into effect.

DETROW: So many Republicans here and the White House is saying something similar. So that would be the next step probably.

All Congressional members should have courage to bring common-sense gun control to a vote, Lewis said Wednesday at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol building.

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This is one of the examples gun rights advocates point to, stating that shooters will find a way to get their hands on guns legally or illegally. It doesn't matter sometimes how many laws we create.

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

"Let's wait", said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who has repeatedly introduced bipartisan background check legislation to toughen background checks and expand them to all commercial firearm sales, including gun show and internet purchases.

The Second Amendment has endured for more than two centuries for a reason: it is a key constitutional right that is meant to protect people's freedoms, and the President understands that.