The National Rifle Association (NRA) has announced it would back further regulation of "bump stocks", a mechanism that Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock used to turn his semi-automatic rifles into nearly fully automatic weapons. In a statement Thursday the powerful pro-gun lobby called on the government to review regulation on "bump stocks", the modification that allows a semi-automatic rifle to function as a fully automatic weapon.
A bump stock device (right), that fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed, making it similar to a fully automatic rifle, is shown next to a AK-47 semi-automatic rifle (left) at a gun store on October 5, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Moments after, at the White House, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders praised the announcement. "A bump stock provides an action that allows you hold the trigger down".
Pierce explained the decision was made "because the semi-automatic firearm that is modified by the bump fire stock only fires a single round with every pull of the trigger".
The Virginia Citizen's Defense League understands why, saying bump stocks aid in recreational shooting. Lawmakers, including some Republicans are concerned about their capabilities but what are they?
Now, all eyes are on Capitol Hill to see what, if anything, will be done to address what many are calling a loophole around federal law.
"We'll be looking into that in the next short period of time", Trump said, when asked about the proposed ban ahead of a dinner with military officers at the White House. "I would ask my constituents, 'Have you ever been unable to get a gun?' And nearly everyone says to me, 'No, I haven't had any trouble'". They only support NRA strategic sense gun novelty device control.
It's willing to support the ATF further regulating "bump stocks" to stave off Congress passing legislation on the device, and more importantly, broader legislation on bigger, common sense gun control issues, like universal background checks. "I mean, take Sweden for example, they have total gun control in that country and yet you had a mass murder of 77 individuals, almost all of them children, a few adults mixed in". Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, unveiled her own bill to ban bump stocks.
Bump stock makers Slide Fire Solutions and Bump Fire Systems have stopped taking orders for the devices due to an "extremely high demand".
"As an avid sportsman, I believe in a strong and robust defense of the Second Amendment".