WASHINGTON (AP/WNCN) – The National Rifle Association says the “bump stocks” device that the Las Vegas shooter used to turn semi-automatic rifles into fully automated weapons should be “subject to additional regulations.”
In a statement on Thursday, the NRA says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.
The organization which holds a powerful sway over members of Congress dismissed some of the initial response from lawmakers who have pressed for more gun control.
Said the NRA: “Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks.”
The statement came from NRA leaders Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox.
“I’m gonna tell you, it sounded reasonable to me,” said Barry Allen, who’s a concealed carry handgun instructor in Wake County. “It’s worth a discussion, definitely worth a discussion.”
Jennifer Copeland, who’s executive director of the North Carolina Council of Churches, said she was surprised by the announcement. Her group advocates for stricter gun regulations.
“Clearly he was able to kill a lot more people a lot more quickly because of this particular mechanism,” she said. “But, what he did is the main issue. The availability of guns in our country is the main issue.”
In their statement, the NRA leaders also called on Congress to pass a bill that would require states to recognize concealed-carry permits from other states.
“Whether it’s a mass shooting or an accidental killing, the accessibility to guns is a major problem for our country,” said Copeland.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated President Donald Trump may be open to the idea of a ban on bump stocks.
“Multiple organizations are planning to take a look at bump stocks and related devices. We certainly welcome that,” she said.
Later in the day, Trump said, “We’ll be looking into that in the next short period of time.”