John Cornyn

Republicans and NRA shift ground, say they will consider limiting firearm 'bump stocks'

Republicans and NRA shift ground, say they will consider limiting firearm 'bump stocks'

The Las Vegas massacre has breached Republicans' solid opposition to additional gun restrictions, prompting party leaders as well as the National Rifle Assn. to say they will consider limiting so-called bump stocks, which can turn assault rifles into virtual machine guns.

The White House signaled a willingness Thursday to consider a ban, and the NRA, which has powerful sway among Republicans, said it could back a limit on bump stocks — but as a federal regulation, not law.

“The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semiautomatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,” the group said.

The NRA's blessing probably...

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