The National Rifle Association has made headlines with a statement that appears to support banning bump-fire stocks. The device has gained international prominence after Stephen Paddock equipped 12 of the guns used in the mass shooting Sunday with the device.
Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s CEO (above), and Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (below) issued a joint statement Thursday. “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,” they began.
“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.”
Oddly, the NRA begins by lamenting calls for gun control and then openly calls for “additional regulations.”
Many of the reports following the shooting have classified the bump-stocks as “modifications” to the firearms. That’s not strictly true. The add-ons allow for a faster rate of fire, but do not permanently modify the firearms to which they are attached. Thus, the classification of the firearm, with respect to the BAFTE, doesn’t change.
Fully automatic firearms have been heavily regulated for almost a century. As such, shooters looking for the experience of a fully automatic firearms have been restricted to some gun ranges that own them or devices like the add-ons used by Stephen Paddock during his shooting spree.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is now proposing additional legislation calling for any device that might speed up the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm to be regulated or banned.
Several Republicans, notoriously shy of anything that could be labeled as “gun control,” are showing support for the new measure. House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump have both expressed a willingness to consider the issue.
Even some of the stalwarts of the firearm industry are expressing support. Here’s what legendary YouTube star Hickok45 had to say: