In a joint press release on October 5, the NRA stated that they were in favor of the ATF reviewing the legality of bump stocks, and that they should be subject to further regulations. It was paired with a call to pass National Right to Carry Reciprocity. Why would they do that? Probably because the left is screaming at the top of their lungs for more gun control, and this was a strategic move.
Here is their statement:
“In the aftermath of the evil and senseless attack in Las Vegas, the American people are looking for answers as to how future tragedies can be prevented. Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control. Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks. This is a fact that has been proven time and again in countries across the world.
In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.
In an increasingly dangerous world, the NRA remains focused on our mission: strengthening Americans’ Second Amendment freedom to defend themselves, their families and their communities. To that end, on behalf of our five million members across the country, we urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence.” NRA joint statement by Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox
BREAKING: NRA calls for ATF to review gun bump stock devices, and believes they “should be subject to additional regulations.” pic.twitter.com/DI1zDnO7qH
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) October 5, 2017
— POLITICO (@politico) October 5, 2017
Democrats are calling for “comprehensive background checks”- which already exist and Stephen Paddock passed them all. He had no criminal record, no red flags, as least that have been released publicly. Background checks do nothing to stop shootings, according to an article by John Lott.
Democrats have been trying to stop legislation on the Hearing Protection Act, which would legalize suppressors… which had nothing to do with the Las Vegas shooting. But then, we’re talking about Democrats here.