Wayne LaPierre

The NRA, steadfastly against expanded gun regulation, now is ready to compromise on 'bump stock' devices. What happened?

The NRA, steadfastly against expanded gun regulation, now is ready to compromise on 'bump stock' devices. What happened?

The NRA does not budge in its opposition to stricter gun controls.

Not after 32 students and faculty were killed on the campus of Virginia Tech. Not after 12 people were murdered in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. And not after 20 first-graders and six staffers were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

But now, days after a gunman killed at least 58 people at an outdoor country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, the National Rifle Assn. has budged — at least a little.

NRA leaders issued a statement Thursday calling for regulation of “bump stocks,” a device that authorities said was used in the Las Vegas massacre to make...

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