The National Rifle Association in its first official statement on the Las Vegas shooting is coming out in favor of additional government restrictions on bump stocks, the device used by the shooter that allows a semi-automatic gun to function as a fully automatic weapon.
However, the NRA stopped short of calling for legislation on “bump stocks.”
In the same statement, NRA executives said that gun control laws “will do nothing to prevent future attacks” and called on Congress to pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, that would make it easier for gun owners to carry their weapons across state lines even when traveling to states with laws restricting concealed weapons.
The measure would gut local restrictions on gun carrying, and might even make it legal for tourists to carry their firearms on the New York City subway.
“Of course bump stocks should be prohibited, but if that’s the only action we take after 58 Americans are shot and killed and hundreds more injured, we should be ashamed of ourselves,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
“I’m glad Congress is willing to consider bump-stock legislation now, but just last week lawmakers were fighting to roll back gun silencer safety laws and gut our nation’s concealed carry system. We’ll work with legislators interested in prohibiting bump stocks, but we’ll also demand other laws to help save American lives. Now is the time to demand that lawmakers prioritise people over gun manufacturers’ profits.”
Here is the full NRA statement:
In the aftermath of the evil and senseless attack in Las Vegas, the American people are looking for answers as to how future tragedies can be prevented.
Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control. Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks. This is a fact that has been proven time and again in countries across the world.
In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.
The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.
In an increasingly dangerous world, the NRA remains focused on our mission: strengthening Americans’ Second Amendment freedom to defend themselves, their families and their communities.
To that end, on behalf of our five million members across the country, we urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence.