The National Rifle Association on Thursday put its support behind a review of new regulations on bump stocks, the device used by the Las Vegas shooter to modify rifles to be fired similarly to automatic weapons.
“The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,” NRA leaders Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox said in a statement.
The powerful gun lobby's endorsement of any new gun regulation is notable and comes as top Republicans, including House Speak Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and President Donald Trump, have voiced a similar openness to addressing this issue with new rules.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday the president is “very open” to discussing new regulations related to bump stocks.
And when asked about the device, Ryan told reporters: “That's certainly something that's got my attention, and I think we ought to get to the bottom of it.”
With the NRA's backing, regulation on bump stocks is likely to gain even more momentum.
However, the influential gun lobby has reportedly suggested addressing the issue via a new rule from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives rather than legislation by Congress.