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Dianne Feinstein proposes ban of 'bump stock' gun modifications

06 Octobre 2017

The National Rifle Association says it is open to new regulations on bump stocks, devices possessed by the mass shooter in Las Vegas that can be used to fire rifles similarly to automatic weapons.

Feinstein's focus on gun control was forged in the most traumatic moment of her political career.

"It's very hard in the West and in Nevada in particular to talk about gun control and have it go very far", says Bartrum.

The statement, released by NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and it's Institute for Legislative Action executive director Chris Cox, also calls for Congress to pass the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

Legislators in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives are discussing a potential ban on the device known as a "bump stock", with even the National Rifle Association calling for a review of whether it complies with federal law.

Obama repeatedly criticized the NRA throughout his administration for its pressure on lawmakers to oppose gun control legislation in the wake of mass shootings. "The only reason to modify a gun is to kill as many people as possible in as short as time as possible".

But there is growing support among Republicans, even House Speaker Paul Ryan, for restricting "bump stocks" like the shooter in Las Vegas apparently used to effectively convert semi-automatic rifles into fully automated weapons.

"What I don't think you want your government to do is to lurch toward reactions before even having all the facts", Ryan said.

Republicans' openness to learn more about the idea is a far cry from the staunch opposition most have held in recent years to proposals that would regulate firearms.

Since the mid-1980s, machine guns that fire multiple shots with one pull of the trigger have been illegal but the bump stock, a gun accessory, is now legal and enabled the gunman last Sunday to shoot more than 500 people at a country music festival. But a $200 bump stock turns a gun into a weapon for indiscriminate massacre, accelerating the carnage and threatening not only civilians but also law enforcement officers and other first responders.

Monson, who has owned Bill's Gun Shop and Range since 2003, said the gunfire suggests a fully automatic gun.

Other Republicans made similar statements. The proposed ban is getting bipartisan support.

It was a rare concession for all concerned. Gallup found last month more than three quarters of Democrats believe gun laws should be stricter, up from 60 per cent in 2001, while barely a third of Republicans felt the same way, down from 45 per cent in 2001. They blocked background check legislation after the shooting deaths of elementary school children in CT in 2012, and took no action despite intense pressure from Democrats, including a House floor sit-in, after last year's bloodbath at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Shooting incidents involving lawmakers themselves, like at a baseball practice earlier this year where Majority Whip Steve Scalise was critically injured, have not changed the calculus.

Bump stocks became a part of the national conversation this week after the deadliest shooting in modern USA history.

Officials with the Santa Ana, Long Beach, Anaheim and Torrance police departments, and the Orange County and Riverside sheriff's departments, couldn't recall any incident of a criminal using the device.

Dianne Feinstein proposes ban of 'bump stock' gun modifications