Ryan: Don’t need law to dump ‘bump’
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan, siding with the National Rifle Association, said Wednesday he prefers limiting “bump stocks” used in the Las Vegas massacre through administrative action, rather than legislation.
“We think the regulatory fix is the smartest, quickest fix,” Ryan (R-Wis.) said.
The GOP leader’s approach largely reflects that of the NRA, which announced a surprise willingness for reform after the Las Vegas shooting to consider limits on the devices that can essentially turn assault rifles into automatic weaponry.
Relying on administrative review, though, would likely squash efforts for a more lasting legislative solution.
Several bills, including one from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (DCalif.) and a bipartisan House proposal that has drawn 20 Republican and Democratic sponsors, are making their way through Congress after the shooting that left 58 dead and hundreds injured at an outdoor concert on the Las Vegas Strip.
Meanwhile, 49% of Republican said they support stricter gun control laws in the wake of the massacre, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll. That’s a 12% jump in GOP support since the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando last June.