What are the 'bump stocks' on the Las Vegas shooter's guns?

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"We have to use different tools and different tactics for the right situations", she said.

"The only reason to modify a gun (with a bump stock) is to kill as many people as possible, in as short a time as possible", said Sen.

In the House, a bill from Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., would focus on bump stocks and leave out restrictions on other gun accessories.

The state of Nevada does not require weapons to be licenced, although Clark County, in which Las Vegas is located, does. It would not outlaw any weapons.

"The NRA believes that devices meant to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations", Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox, the group's top two leaders, said in the statement.

"The notion that we're allowing an add-on that allows people to convert a semiautomatic weapon to an automatic weapon - we've got to address that", McCaskill said.

"I am going to get someone to present to me in my office what a bump stock device is".

A bump stock is a device that can be attached to the butt of a rifle, allowing it to fire like an automatic weapon. He could not have legally purchased "machine guns", and all the many firearms found in his hotel room and homes apparently were obtained lawfully.




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.

On the broader topic of gun control, Republican leaders have said it's too early to talk about any legislative moves after the violence in Las Vegas. The device does not perform automatically when installed, and to use it, a shooter must apply constant forward pressure with the non-shooting hand and constant rearward pressure with the shooting hand, the memo said.

The spread was similar when it comes to banning high-capacity magazines, with 74 percent of non-gun owners and 44 percent of gun owners in favor. If Dems are going to leverage public horror over Vegas to block Republican gun-rights laws, that's their first available chance. Portman said the bill could unfairly impinge on innocent transfers, such as giving a hunting rifle to a second cousin. "They are young entrepreneurial guys who want to sell a product that people like and want to buy".

"I think it's a shame that the day somebody hears about a shooting, the first thing they think about is how can I go promote my gun-control agenda, as opposed to saying, how do I go pray and help the families that are suffering?" he said. Maybe. Maybe not. We strongly suspect the hundreds of dead and wounded in Las Vegas would dearly love to have had such a provision in place before the shots began raining down Sunday night.

"If you don't control that just exactly right, you'll hurt yourself". It is not a Second Amendment question. While other GOP members of Congress haven't gone quite that far, we're pleased that other Republicans - including Texas Sen. This massacre now ranks as the worst mass shooting in modern USA history.

As the NRA released the statement, multiple conservative lawmakers and the White House said they are willing to look into legislation to restrict the device.

"This is about slaughtering human beings", Harris said, "and we gotta understand that we have it in our power and control to do something about this". Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has expressed reservations about moving too quickly and told Politico he was anxious about starting down a slippery slope of gun legislation.

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