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Trump administration 'open' to debate on banning bump stocks

The Trump administration, which has positioned itself as a staunch defender of gun rights, signaled potential support for at least a partial gun control measure Thursday.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump welcomed a conversation on banning bump stocks, devices used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas and elsewhere to make semi-automatic weapons operate more like machine guns.

"We know that members of both parties and multiple organizations are planning to take a look at bump stocks and related devices," Sanders said during Thursday's regular press briefing. "We certainly welcome that. We'd like to be part of that conversation, and we would like to see a clear understanding of the facts."

She added later, in a response to the National Rifle Assn.'s support for a possible ban on bump stocks, that "it's something we're very open to."

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