The National Rifle Association said on Sunday it would oppose an outright ban on bump stock devices that Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock used to turn rifles into automatic weapons. Jillian Kitchener reports.
The NRA does some backpedding on bump stocks Less than a week after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the National Rifle Association on Sunday backpeddling from its statement that it would support restrictions on bump stocks - now saying it would oppose an outright ban on the devices. The NRA's chief lobbyist, Chris Cox, telling 'Fox News Sunday' quote, "We don't believe that bans have ever worked on anything." This after the NRA shocked lawmakers last week by saying bump stocks should be subject to additional regulations... But now clarifying that it's against any legislation banning the devices. Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock used bump stocks to turn his semi-automatic rifles into fully automatic machine guns... which are otherwise outlawed in the U. S. Fifty-eight people were killed in the NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre, on CBS' Face the Nation, accusing the ATF BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS of paving the way for the use of bump stocks and creating legal confusion about their usage. (SOUNDBITE) NRA CHIEF EXECUTIVE, WAYNE LAPIERRE, SAYING: "On bump stocks, let me say this, the fact is that the Obama administration a couple years ago legalized a device, their ATF, that fuzzed the line between semiautomatics and fully automatics. And if we're able to fuzz that line, all semiautomatics are at risk." LaPierre also lashing out at Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein saying she has garnered some Republican interest, but no solid support for a ban on bump stocks. (SOUNDBITE) DIANNE FEINSTEIN, SAYING: "So we need a law and we have an opportunity to get it. And I hope that Americans will step up and say enough is enough. Congress do something." President Donald Trump - an outspoken proponent of gun rights during his election campaign - has said the white house would 'look into' the use of bump stocks. The NRA spent more than $30 million in support of his campaign.