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NRA endorses more regulation on bump stocks that boost guns’ firing rates


A bump stock device (left) that fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed, making it similar to a fully automatic rifle, is installed on a AK-47 semi-automatic rifle, (right) at a gun store on October 5, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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A bump stock device (left) that fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed, making it similar to a fully automatic rifle, is installed on a AK-47 semi-automatic rifle, (right) at a gun store on October 5, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The statement came as bipartisan momentum for regulating the devices built on Capitol Hill. The White House also indicated that President Donald Trump could be open to discussing changes to bump stock laws.

The NRA also called for Congress to pass a law easing concealed carry laws. Under the legislation, gun owners with a concealed carry permit in one state could legally carry nationally.

Audio of the Sunday night attack on the Route 91 Harvest musical festival in Las Vegas contained rapid-fire bursts into the crowd. Fifty-eight people were killed and hundreds were shot or injured in the stampede to escape.

Investigators said the gunman, Stephen Paddock, had 12 rifles equipped with bump stocks.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Congress should “look into” whether to make changes around bump stocks. Sen. John Cornyn — the No. 2 Republican in the Senate — on Thursday said “it’s worth our serious consideration” to ban the tools.

Asked about the growing momentum for a ban on bump stocks, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump is “open to having that conversation,” but stressed that Trump is “a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.” She added that any discussion of gun laws is premature.

— CNBC’s Christina Wilkie contributed to this report

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