NRA says Congress should not ban gun ‘bump stocks’

Demo­crat Fe­in­stein: Pres­i­dent can’t fix prob­lem, law needed

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USA TO­DAY WASH­ING­TON The Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion said Sun­day that it op­poses any leg­is­la­tion to ban the use of “bump stocks” on semi-au­to­matic weapons — even as it has said some reg­u­la­tion might be nec­es­sary.

On Sun­day morn­ing talk shows, the gun lob­by­ing group said the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, not Congress, should take ac­tion on the de­vices.

Un­der the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, the Bureau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco and Firearms per­mit­ted the sale of the de­vices in 2010.

Bump stocks have taken cen­ter stage in the gun con­trol de­bate af­ter the Las Ve­gas shooter ap­par­ently used them to con­vert semi-au­to­matic ri­fles into fully au­to­matic weapons mim­ick­ing ma­chine guns.

“It’s il­le­gal to con­vert a semi­au­to­matic to a fully au­to­matic. The ATF ought to look at this, do its job and draw a bright line,” NRA Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Wayne LaPierre said on “Face the Na­tion.”

Al­low­ing Congress to take ac­tion, LaPierre said, risks turn­ing the bill into “some kind of Christ­mas tree” to ad­vance other gun con­trol mea­sures that could af­fect both semi­au­to­matic and au­to­matic weapons.

“If you fuzz the line, they’re all at risk, and we’re not go­ing to let that hap­pen,” he said.

But Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein, D-Calif., said Congress needs to close the loophole. She in­tro­duced a two-page bill last week that would ban bump stocks, trig­ger cranks or sim­i­lar de­vices within six months, with an ex­cep­tion for gov­ern­ment or mil­i­tary use.

“Reg­u­la­tions aren’t go­ing to do it. We need a law,” Fe­in­stein told “Face the Na­tion.” “It can’t be changed by an­other pres­i­dent. Right now we’re see­ing one pres­i­dent change ac­tions of a pres­i­dent that came be­fore him, and that would hap­pen in this area. And I hope that Amer­i­cans will step up and say, ‘Enough is enough. Congress, do some­thing.’ ”

She said she has 38 co-spon­sors on such a bill — but all are Democrats.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, RWis., said last week that bump stocks are “some­thing we need to look into.” But con­ser­va­tives in his con­fer­ence are al­ready say­ing they’re op­posed to leg­is­la­tion.

Rep. Steve Scalise — him­self wounded by gun­fire at a June 14 con­gres­sional base­ball prac­tice — told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he also op­poses any con­gres­sional ac­tion on the de­vices.

“Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi al­ready said she wants it to be a slip­pery slope,” he said. “She doesn’t want to stop at bump stocks. They want to go out and limit the rights of gun own­ers.”

The White House hasn’t said where it comes down on that is­sue.

“We’ll be look­ing into that over the next short pe­riod of time,” Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said Thurs­day.

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