Las Vegas massacre: Gun lobby's surprise response

Las Vegas massacre: Gun lobby's surprise response

Las Vegas massacre: Gun lobby's surprise response

The perpetrator of a mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 59 dead Sunday used bump stocks to rain down fire upon a country concert.

On Thursday, the NRA called for regulators to "immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law".

Bump-fire stocks allow semi-automatic weapons to fire much more rapidly, mimicking automatic fire.

The comments come days after the worst mass shooting in USA history erupted at Las Vegas at a country music festival on Sunday night when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of his hotel room of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the concert.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters she welcomed the discussion.

Wriggelsworth says the bump stocks make the rifles even more powerful than the weapons his deputies and other law enforcement officers are armed with. Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded more than 500. "Before we can run out and talk about the preventions. we have to determine what caused it". The National Rifle Association pointed towards this in a statement Thursday.

Though fully automatic weapons are banned, bump stocks are legal. Over the past few days, members of both the Republican and Democratic parties have voiced their approval to regulate or ban the devices.

"Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control", read the statement from NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and executive director Chris Cox in reaction to the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

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Georgia's other Republican senator, Johnny Isakson, says in part that he believes we need common sense solutions that keep all Americans safe without infringing on our Constitutional rights.

Originally created with the intent of making it easier for people with disabilities to shoot a gun, bump stocks have been around for less than a decade and were approved by the government in 2010.

The NRA stopped short of calling for legislation on so-called "bump-fire stock" or "bump stock" devices.

The Las Vegas shooting - the deadliest in modern USA history - appears to have shifted the opinion of some pro-gun Republicans, too.

Bump-stocks replace the standard wooden stock of a rifle on which a shooter rests a shoulder at the time of firing.

In this February 1, 2013, file photo, an employee of North Raleigh Guns demonstrates how a "bump" stock works at the Raleigh, N.C., shop.

Several, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have said this week that they want to look into bump stocks and consider restrictions on them.

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