United States gun lobby group National Rifle Association on Thursday said that it supports a review of bump fire stocks, to check if they are in accordance with the law. The lobby’s statement follows the October 1 shooting incident in Las Vegas, where a gunman killed 59 people at a concert.
A “bump fire stock” is a device that, when attached to a gun, allows the shooter to fire bullets faster.
“The National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law,” the statement said. “The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”
The association, however, remained firm in its stance against gun control legislation. “Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a mad man will do nothing to prevent future attacks,” the NRA said.
US House of Representatives member from Florida, Republican Carlos Curbelo, is planning to introduce legislation to ban the sale of bump stocks. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the US administration was “open” to banning bump stocks. “We are certainly open to that moving forward,” Sanders said. She did not provide any other details though.
Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday said his government has collected more than 50,000 illegal guns during the three-month national firearms amnesty. According to Australia’s gun ownership laws, all semi-automatic rifles and automatic shotguns are banned.
These tough laws severely hamper the chances of an incident like the shooting in Las Vegas in the United States, Turnbull said.