A number of prominent Republican lawmakers are considering legislation that would outlaw the “bump stock” device used by the Las Vegas gunman to enable his semi-automatic rifle to fire like an automatic weapon.
Conservative Republicans, historically averse to limitations on Second Amendment rights, appear to have softened on the issue in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
“I own a lot of guns, and as a hunter and sportsman, I think that’s our right as Americans, but I don’t understand the use of this bump stock,” Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, told The New York Times Wednesday, adding, “It seems like it’s an obvious area we ought to explore and see if it’s something Congress needs to act on.”
While much about the shooting remains unclear, authorities have determined that the shooter, Stephen Paddock, employed a bump stock device to allow his semi-automatic AR-15 rifle to fire like an automatic weapon, presenting a clear and specific legislative target for lawmakers.
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