The Trump administration said Thursday that it's “very open” to discussing regulations on bump stocks, the device reportedly used by the Las Vegas shooter to modify his rifles to imitate an automatic weapon.
“We welcome certainly a conversation on that ... Something we are very open to. Again, we want to be part of the conversation on that moving forward,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said regarding the president's stance on further gun regulations related to the modification device.
Sanders also reaffirmed the president's support of gun rights in the U.S. “The president is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. That hasn't changed.”
“I think we all need to take a step back. We had one of the most horrific tragedies that's ever taken place on U.S. soil, and before we can run out and start talking about the preventions for something like that to happen again, which we all certainly want to do, we have to determine what caused it.”
Trump has appeared open to further gun laws, telling reporters in the aftermath of the shooting that he would be “talking about gun laws” in the future.
Other top Republicans have also voiced interest in backing a ban on the device, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). “That's certainly something that's got my attention, and I think we ought to get to the bottom of it,” Ryan said.
Members of Trump's base have been more reluctant to budge on gun control. Former White House adviser Stephen Bannon predicted it would be devastating to the president's support if he backed such reforms.
Bannon called it “impossible,” adding that Trump flipping on gun control would “be the end of everything.”
Watch Sanders's comments below, via Fox News.