The NRA has called on the federal government to review whether bump stocks comply with law and should be subject to further regulation.
BREAKING: NRA calls for ATF to review gun bump stock devices, and believes they "should be subject to additional regulations.” pic.twitter.com/DI1zDnO7qH
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Stephen Paddock used “bump stocks” to transform his semi-automatic rifles into fully automated guns, capable of firing much more quickly.
The incident, in which 58 people died and about 500 were injured, has reignited the debate over America’s gun laws. Many people are calling for the ban of semi-automatic weapons as well as weapon mods. Though in some states this ban is already applicable. If you are unsure of what gun laws are in place then a great resource for gun laws in AZ and other states can be found here. Nevertheless, it has restarted the argument between anti and pro gun advocates on the availability and ownership of semi-automatic weapons, as well as whether ammunition for these types of firearms should be for sale with regulation, as BulkMunitions reports.
In the debate of America’s gun laws. The NRA has come in for intense criticism for its pro-weapons stance.
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But in a statement, it has 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.”
The group added: “The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”
The White House has said Donald Trump would welcome a review of policy on the “bump stock” devices.
Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that “we’re certainly open to having that conversation”.