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NRA May Crack Down On 'Bump Stocks' After Vegas Massacre

Officials agree to discussions

NRA May Crack Down On 'Bump Stocks' After Vegas Massacre Image: Pixabay

The US gun lobby appears ready to consider new regulations around firearm control, following the horrific Las Vegas massacre that saw 58 people die and hundreds more injured.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has strongly opposed tightening gun control laws in the wake of other mass shootings such as last as the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub attack but this may have now changed, Nine News reports.

On Thursday, NRA officials agreed that bump stocks, an accessory which allows semi-automatic rifles to operate like fully automatic ones “should be subject to additional regulations.”

"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," they said in a statement.

"The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations," it said.

Officials said 12 of the rifles allegedly used by Stephen Paddock during the attack from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel were fitted with bump stocks.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters she welcomed the discussion.