Jay Ambrose: How Trump's stance against gun control controls guns

Jay Ambrose: How Trump's stance against gun control controls guns

Jay Ambrose: How Trump's stance against gun control controls guns

Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, said he will back the bill, introduced Wednesday by Sen. Senator Dianne Feinstein has been trying to regulate guns she describes as assault weapons for years. More than 20 other Democrats have signed on as well.

"Politicizing this awful tragedy is, I think, beyond disgusting", Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Monday afternoon.

Ryan said there's no plan for the House to act soon on a National Rifle Association-backed bill to ease regulations on gun silencers. Just a month after the shooting, Sen. It would not outlaw any weapons.

Functionally, however, weapons experts say, the increasingly popular bump stock has allowed even novice gun-owners to easily modify a legal semiautomatic rifle into one that resembles a battlefield machine gun.

Some lawmakers are pursuing a different approach to banning bump stocks that could preempt legislation.

'Bump-fire stocks, while simulating automatic fire, do not actually alter the firearm to fire automatically, making them legal under current federal law.

"My reaction was that this was all created to kill or injure as many people as possible as quickly as possible, and that's the reason why automatic weapons are generally not available", Cornyn said Thursday.

Retailers stocked up on firearms during the 2016 presidential campaign, anticipating a stampede of gun buyers after Hillary Clinton won the race and moved to restrict gun sales. The Senate's Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has said he'd need a full investigation into what happened in Las Vegas before holding any hearing.

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Despite increasing scale and frequency of gun-related tragedies, gun control continues to be a contested issue in American politics and society. As columnist Nicholas Kristof pointed out in the New York Times, "When Australia suffered a mass shooting in 1996, the country united behind tougher laws on firearms".

Chris Michel, the owner of Dixie GunWorx in St. George, Utah, remembered selling a gun to Paddock, he told CNN affiliate KTVX. Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control. Portman said the bill could unfairly impinge on innocent transfers, such as giving a hunting rifle to a second cousin.

Not under today's laws, where restrictions are so lax you can practically buy a gun out of a vending machine or get one free with a gas station fill-up.

Other Republicans were undecided, but said they'd consider the subject.

That this is an NRA-friendly Congress is evidenced by Majority House Whip Steve Scalise, who said this week that being shot at a congressional baseball practice - which doctors say left him minutes from death - only "fortified" his pro-gun position.

"I'm a Second Amendment man". But debate rages over how far the regulation can go, and congressional Republicans, many with political backing from the NRA, are loath to push the question. "A few members saying a few things before recess, in the wake of the worst mass shooting in [modern] American history, is I suppose better than nothing, but it's not enacting a law".

On Wednesday, comments on the Facebook page for Slide Fire, a leading bump stock manufacturer, were split between critics who blamed the company for the massacre and customers who said they planned to buy more bump stocks.

"We haven't gotten that far down the road", she said. Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has expressed reservations about moving too quickly and told Politico he was anxious about starting down a slippery slope of gun legislation.

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