Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Police Find Dozens Of Guns In Las Vegas Shooter's Hotel Room, Home

Police Find Dozens Of Guns In Las Vegas Shooter's Hotel Room, Home

The massacre, in which 58 people died and about 500 were injured, has reignited the debate over America's gun laws.

"The NRA believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulation", NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and Executive Director Chris Cox said in a statement.

Twelve bump-fire stocks were found on firearms recovered from Stephen Paddock's hotel room, said Jill Snyder, the special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' San Francisco field office.

Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Judiciary Committee's top-ranking Democrat, responds to revelations that some of the weapons Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock used to commit the worst mass shooting in US modern history Sunday were apparently outfitted - legally - with bump stock devices. Authorities haven't told us yet.

Bump-fire stocks are attached to the receiver of the rifle.

"Clearly that's something we need to look into", Mr Ryan told a U.S. radio programme, adding that many lawmakers had not been aware until now that such devices existed.

"A year ago, we had so many in stock, not only here but my distributors did, they were practically giving them away because they couldn't sell", said Fulton.

But a weapon with a bump stock isn't considered an automatic weapon.

It was a rare concession for all concerned.

"Bump stocks" originally were meant to help people with limited hand mobility fire a semi-automatic without the individual trigger pulls required.

The NRA is typically the nation's most prominent lobbyist group against stricter gun regulations.

The NRA announcement followed comments from leading congressional Republicans including House Speaker Paul Ryan that Congress should take a look at the devices, which were little-known even to gun enthusiasts prior to Sunday's bloodbath.

Police said he had 22 rifles and a handgun in his hotel room.

"It's progress. I never thought I'd see the day where the NRA supports any commonsense gun control", said Representative Adam Schiff, the Democrat from California who introduced a bill on Thursday that would allow gun violence victims to sue firearms manufacturers.

Before Sunday, the 2016 Orlando attack was the deadliest mass shooting in modern us history, with 49 people killed.

The effectiveness of this measure, amended slightly in 1968 and 1986 to ban possession of full automatic weapons, or machine guns, manufactured after that year, put a lid on the spread of these weapons.

Englund also said: "An ongoing and continual investment into our mental health system is imperative to reduce the threat of gun violence. It's a very specific accessory".

The device is more of a novelty item than a popular seller, according to several gun dealers, in part because it sacrifices accuracy and uses so much costly ammunition.

The device causes the gun to buck back and forth, repeatedly "bumping" the trigger against the shooter's finger. Because it creates a significant rocking motion it also means that the gun is "spraying" bullets and it's hard to hit a target.

"Anybody that wants to get them is probably just anxious that they're going to be banned", Weeks said.

Sunday's horrific event in Las Vegas is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.

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