Two Texas Republicans in Congress open door to "bump stock" ban

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Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to ban "bump stocks" by law, only fellow Democrats joined with her.

"I think we are on the verge of a breakthrough when it comes to sensible gun policy", Curbelo told reporters Thursday, saying his office has been "flooded" with calls from other lawmakers asking about the bill.

"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 said in a statement.

Republicans have said they would consider banning the tool, despite years of resisting any gun control. "The NRA believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations". "The investigation into the Las Vegas shooting is still ongoing, and we need to get more information before making a decision on a hearing and what it might cover", said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

Even Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus of conservative hard-liners, told reporters earlier in the week he'd be willing to consider banning bump stocks if the Senate passes a bill and sends it to the House.

The statement, the organisation's first since Sunday's attack in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and almost 500 injured, noted that bump-stocks were approved by the Obama administration's Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.

This source believed that there would be a GOP-sponsored bill from a group of moderate Republicans that would narrowly address the issue.

They have called on President Donald Trump to cut across partisan lines and push Congress toward legislation to reduce gun violence that polls show most Americans would support. Cornyn said he had spoken with U.S. Sen.

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At the same time, lawmakers were skeptical that initial interest in limited bipartisan legislation would translate into enough actual votes to write the restriction into law.

Indeed, Republican Senator Dean Heller, who could face a tough re-election fight next year, told Fox News, "We're going to have this conversation, but let me be clear, I'm not interested in watering down the Second Amendment".

The Senate's No. 2 Republican, Sen.

The Wisconsin Republican added his voice to a growing chorus of leading Republicans showing a surprising willingness to take a step, however narrow, in the direction of regulating guns in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, who spoke to reporters moments after the NRA statement was issued, said: "Members of both parties and multiple organisations are planning to take a look at bump-stocks".

The devices, known as "bump stocks" among other names, are legal and originally were meant to help people with limited hand mobility fire a semi-automatic without the individual trigger pulls required. During the Obama administration, the ATF authorized use of the stocks.

"I didn't even know what they were until this week, and I'm an avid sportsman, so I think we're quickly coming up to speed with what this is", Ryan said in an interview on MSNBC. The alleged gunman appears to have used the device for rapid shooting.

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