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Democrats have been criticized for pushing gun control reform in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting. However, momentum appears to be building among Republicans around one key issue: a ban on bump stocks.
“That's certainly something that's got my attention, and I think we ought to get to the bottom of it,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told Politico regarding the device reportedly used by the shooter to modify his rifle into something similar to a fully automatic weapon.
“Apparently, this allows you to take a semi-automatic, turn it into a fully automatic, so clearly that's something that we need to look into,” Ryan added.
The speaker isn't the only Republican showing interest in possible legislation banning the piece of equipment used to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) has partnered with Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) on a bipartisan effort to ban the bump stock devices.
“I definitely think we need to revisit the issue of gun safety,” Curbelo told NPR. “A question that I have started asking around here is, 'Why are these bump stocks legal?'”
Top member of the House Republican leadership Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) also expressed an interest in reviewing the device. “We’re getting the facts. This is a device that we’re all becoming more familiar with,” Rodgers said on the ”Powerhouse Politics“ podcast. ”We’re asking those very questions right now. We’re talking to ATF, we’re talking to others about what is this device."
“We absolutely must do everything possible,” Rodgers added.
President Donald Trump has also shown a glimmer of interest in addressing firearm regulations, saying “we'll be talking about gun laws” after a reporter asked if the Las Vegas shooting made him want to work on gun control reforms.
However, members of the president's base have made it clear there is no wiggle room in terms of stricter gun control laws.
Former top White House adviser Steve Bannon said it's “impossible” for Trump to move on the issue, adding that gun rights are such an important matter to his supporters that it would “be the end of everything” if he flips on it.
“Base would go insane and he knows it,” Former Trump adviser Roger Stone said, echoing Bannon's claim.
Note: This article has been updated.