Se­nate panel resched­uled

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - MORNING BRIEFING - By Gary Martin Re­view-journal Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — A Se­nate hear­ing on firearm ac­ces­sories like those used in the Strip shoot­ing has been de­layed to ex­am­ine en­force­ment of re­port­ing to the FBI data­base — an is­sue at the heart of the church mas­sacre in Texas.

Sen. Charles Grass­ley, R-iowa, chair­man of the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, resched­uled the Tues­day hear­ing un­til Dec. 6, ac­cord­ing to a spokesman.

The De­cem­ber hear­ing will ex­am­ine firearm ac­ces­sory reg­u­la­tion and en­force­ment of fed­eral and state re­port­ing to the Na­tional In­stant Crim­i­nal Back­ground Check Sys­tem, known as NICS.

Mass shoot­ings in Las Ve­gas on Oct. 1 and at the Suther­land Springs First Bap­tist Church in Texas on

Nov. 5 prompted the hear­ing.

Stephen Pad­dock, 64, of Mesquite, Ne­vada, equipped 12 of 23 weapons with “bump stocks” that were legally pur­chased and de­signed to ac­cel­er­ate the rate of fire to mimic an au­to­matic weapon.

Pad­dock used his 32nd-floor room to shoot into a crowd of 22,000 peo­ple. The shoot­ing killed 58 peo­ple and wounded more than 500 oth­ers.

Law­mak­ers have called for tighter reg­u­la­tion of bump stocks by the Bureau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives, or an out­right ban of the de­vices.

In Texas, the shoot­ing was car­ried out by an Air Force vet­eran with a his­tory of vi­o­lent acts, in­clud­ing a court-mar­tial for do­mes­tic abuse that landed him in con­fine­ment be­fore his dis­charge for bad con­duct.

The Air Force ad­mit­ted that it failed to re­port the in­ci­dent to the NICS, which would have pro­hib­ited him from buy­ing weapons.

“The Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee is in the process of se­cur­ing ad­di­tional wit­nesses in or­der to en­sure a thor­ough re­view of firearm ac­ces­sory reg­u­la­tions and en­force­ment of the NICS re­port­ing re­quire­ments,” the com­mit­tee said in a state­ment an­nounc­ing the reschedul­ing of the hear­ing.

The FBI, ATF and the Air Force are ac­tively work­ing to iden­tify and pro­vide rel­e­vant wit­nesses, the com­mit­tee said.

Con­tact Gary Martin at gmartin@ re­viewjour­ or 202-662-7390. Fol­low @gary­martindc on Twit­ter.

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