NRA makes con­ces­sion on gun law

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LAS VE­GAS: The US gun lobby, which has sel­dom em­braced new firearms- con­trol mea­sures, ex­pressed a will­ing­ness to sup­port a re­stric­tion on the ri­fle ac­ces­sory that en­abled a Las Ve­gas gun­man to strafe a crowd with bursts of sus­tained gun­fire as if from an au­to­matic weapon.

The gun­man Stephen Pad­dock, po­lice said, fit­ted 12 of his weapons with “bump-stock de­vices” that al­low semi-au­to­matic ri­fles to op­er­ate as if they were fully au­to­matic ma­chine guns, which are out­lawed in the US.

Au­thor­i­ties said his abil­ity to fire hundreds of rounds per minute for 10 min­utes from a 32nd-floor ho­tel suite was a ma­jor fac­tor in the high ca­su­alty count of 58 peo­ple killed and hundreds wounded.

Pad­dock, 64, killed him­self be­fore po­lice stormed his suite.

The car­nage last Sun­day night across the street from the Man­dalay Bay ho­tel ranks as the blood­i­est mass shoot­ing in mod­ern US his­tory, sur­pass­ing the 49 peo­ple shot to death last year at a gay night­club in Or­lando, Florida.

The in­flu­en­tial Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion (NRA), which staunchly op­posed moves to tighten gun con­trol laws af­ter the Or­lando mas­sacre and oth­ers, said bump stocks, which re­main le­gal, “should be sub­ject to ad­di­tional reg­u­la­tions”.

“Gun con­trol is a failed pol­icy. We’ve tried it and it is safe to say that it doesn’t keep peo­ple safe,” Chris Cox, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor at the NRA’s In­sti­tute for Leg­isla­tive Ac­tion, said on Fox News.

“There needs to be an hon­est con­ver­sa­tion about so­lu­tions that work and one of those so­lu­tions is to make sure the Sec­ond Amend­ment is sup­ported and pro­tected.”

Democrats were urg­ing new leg­is­la­tion, as the shoot­ing reignited the long-stand­ing US de­bate over reg­u­la­tion of gun own­er­ship, pro­tected un­der the Sec­ond Amend­ment of the US con­sti­tu­tion.

The NRA called for the US Bureau of Al­co­hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives to ad­dress bump stocks by reg­u­la­tion, rather than open­ing up the is­sue to the leg­isla­tive process. – Reuters

PIC­TURE: AP

Peo­ple set up crosses to hon­our vic­tims of the mass shoot­ing in Las Ve­gas. The US gun lobby has ex­pressed will­ing­ness to sup­port re­stric­tion on the ac­ces­sory that en­abled Stephen Pad­dock to kill many peo­ple in only 10 min­utes.

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