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NRA Official Opposes Ban on ‘Bump Stocks’ Used in Vegas Massacre

  • Democratic senators Feinstein, Murphy say new law is needed
  • Bump devices give rapid fire similar to fully automatic rifles
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 5: A bump stock device, (left) that fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed, making it similar to a fully automatic rifle, is shown next to a AK-47 semi-automatic rifle, (right) at a gun store on October 5, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Congress is talking about banning this device after it was reported to of been used in the Las Vegas shootings on October 1, 2017.
Photographer: George Frey/Getty Images

A top National Rifle Association official said a ban on the “bump stocks” used by the Las Vegas shooter to achieve rapid firing isn’t the answer to mass gun violence, while two Democratic senators contended increased regulation of the devices isn’t enough.

“We don’t believe that bans have ever worked on anything,” NRA Executive Director Chris Cox said during a “Fox News Sunday” interview. “What we’ve said has been very clear -- that if something transfers a semi-automatic [weapon] to function like fully automatic, it ought to be regulated differently” by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.