On Sunday the National Rifle Association (NRA) said it would oppose any legislation that placed an outright ban on bump-stock devices despite saying last week they would support a restriction to them after Stephen Paddock used them to kill 58 people and injure more than 500 others in the Las Vegas massacre.
Chris Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist, spoke out on the issue during an appearance on“Fox News Sunday.
“We don’t believe that bans have ever worked on anything. What we have said has been very clear - that if something transfers a semiautomatic to function like a fully automatic, then it ought to be regulated differently,” he said.
NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre went on Face the Nation and said he didn’t think Congress should take any action and instead they should leave the regulations to the ATF.
It’s illegal to convert a semi-automatic to a fully automatic. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) ought to look at this, do its job and draw a bright line," he said.
Last week Senator Dianne Feinstein of California introduced a bill that would ban bump stocks, trigger cranks and other similar devices within six months, with an exception for government or military use. She said she had 38 cosponsors on the bill.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said he thought Congress needed to look into bump stocks, but most Republicans say they would reject legislation banning their use.