Vegas shooting pressures US Congress for firearms legislation

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The National Rifle Association announced on Thursday that bump fire stocks - and other devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic machine guns - should be reviewed and subjected to tighter restrictions. As a result, gun stocks have mostly been lower since the election.

"The NRA believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations", the statement reads.

However, bump stocks, which boost the fire power of a semi-automatic rifle, are not banned.

"Automatic weapons are illegal", the Wisconsin Republican told reporters.

Democratic US Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced a bill on Wednesday that would outlaw bump stocks and other devices that, as she put it, "easily and cheaply modify legal weapons into what are essentially machine guns".

The White House is open to legislation to ban bump stocks, press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday, and added that the administration wants to be part of the conversation in the days to come.

As Congress appeared prepared to at least consider moving forward on the first gun limits in years, it emerged that Paddock may have scoped out other major USA cities for possible attacks.

He had 23 guns in the room.

Others have attempted to blame the sale of bump stocks on former President Barack Obama. That means people are allowed to walk down the Las Vegas Strip with a military-style rifle slung over their shoulder, although casinos and other private businesses can bar those individuals from their premises. But there was "almost zero" chance of fire or explosion because the tank contained a form of kerosene, which is classified as combustible but not flammable, the airport said in a Facebook posting.

On Thursday, Ryan also signaled he would be open to examining the legality of bump fire stocks, telling Hugh Hewitt in an interview that "clearly that's something we need to look into".

Stephen Paddock used "bump stocks" to transform his semi-automatic rifles into fully automated guns, capable of firing much more quickly.

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More than a dozen influential Republican lawmakers have told ABC News they are either supportive of a ban, or at least favor reviewing the issue.

"Gun violence is a public health crisis that has claimed thousands of innocent lives and we must do everything we can to address it", she said on Gandhi's birthday.

Now, in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in modern America, that question is again the topic of hot debate. "It should be our highest priority", she said in a statement.

Parker said what happened in Las Vegas took some training.

The sheriff also said he believed Paddock was seeking a way out after his murder spree.

Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist in the West Wing, told the Axios news website on Tuesday that the idea of Trump embracing gun control is "impossible" to think, and would "be the end of everything" - eroding his political base past the point of fix.

To most people in India, the bills being introduced in Congress are no-brainers.

Authorities have seized 47 firearms from three locations.

"I am going to get someone to present to me in my office what a bump stock device is". Just imagine how many more people would have been killed in Las Vegas if they had not fled when they heard the shooting begin.

"It's an act of a coward, an act of a madman", Art Netherton, manager of Briarhawk Firearms and Ammunition, told AFP.

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