NRA: Bump stocks should be 'subject to additional regulations'

A rifle equipped with a bump stock to mimic full-auto fire, Photo Date: 2/11/2013

WASHINGTON (AP) – The National Rifle Association says the ``bump stocks'' device that the Las Vegas shooter used to turn semi-automatic rifles into fully automated weapons should be ``subject to additional regulations.''

In a statement on Thursday, the NRA says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.

The organization which holds a powerful sway over members of Congress dismissed some of the initial response from lawmakers who have pressed for more gun control.

Said the NRA: ``Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks.''

The statement came from NRA leaders Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox.

The White House says President Donald Trump also welcomes a review of U.S. policy on so-called bump stock devices that legally make semi-automatic rifles into faster-firing automatic weapons.

Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday that ``we're certainly open to having that conversation.''

Her remarks are part of a growing bipartisan chorus of calls to take a step in the direction of regulating guns in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre. The killer in Las Vegas apparently used the legal bump stock devices on legal rifles, essentially converting them into automatic weapons, which are banned. That allowed him to spray gunfire into the crowd below much more quickly. At least 59 people died and hundreds were injured when he opened fire on an outdoor country music festival.