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NRA calls for crackdown on gun modifications

07 October 2017

The Las Vegas shooter, identified as Stephen Paddock, attached a "bump-stock" to 12 firearms to allow the semi-automatic rifles to mimic fully automatic gunfire, Rhe Associated Press reported.

In Minnesota, Democratic Rep. Tim Walz is cosponsoring a bill to ban bump stocks.

Stephen Paddock stuck his "bump stock " equipped weapons through the automatic weapon ban loophole in Las Vegas, massacring 58 people and wounding over 500, in the worst mass-shooting in USA history to date.

The device can be slid onto the back-end of a gun and uses the power of the recoil to fire ammo more rapidly.

"It's made to simulate a fully automatic weapon." said Ken Parker, Parker's Indoor Gun Range in Rogers. It has nothing to do with banning the weapons themselves.

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The National Rifle Association announced on Thursday that bump fire stocks - and other devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic machine guns - should be reviewed and subjected to tighter restrictions. The measure exempts authorized law enforcement officials from the ban.

The Senate's No. 2 Republican, Sen. But despite the statements from some Republicans, restrictions are far from certain.

Feinstein's bill has 29 co-sponsors, all Democrats or independents who caucus with Democrats. Claire McCaskill of Missouri. "I do expect prices to go up from outside pressure", said Parker.

Retailers and manufacturers are seeing an apparent surge in interest in so-called bump stocks as Congress eyes a possible crackdown.

Meanwhile, similar legislation to regulate bump stocks in emerging in the House of Representatives.

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Bump stocks are an add-on feature you can get on a semi-automatic rifle.

It does not. "Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited", the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in 2008.

Some Republicans are asking why these bump stock parts were ever approved in the first place and are calling out former President Obama. Banning them should be quick and easy.

The group released a statement saying "devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations".

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.

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NRA calls for crackdown on gun modifications