Casey emphasized in his email that the bill would not ban "other modifications that legitimate hunters may use" nor would it forbid law enforcement officers and government officials from owning the "bump-stocks".
As the New York Times notes, "replacing a standard rifle stock, the part that rests against the shoulder, with a bump stock allows a semiautomatic rifle to fire at a rate comparable to a fully automatic rifle-much faster than a human user can pull and release the trigger".
But in this week's massacre in Las Vegas, lawmakers in both parties may have found the part of the weapons trade that few could countenance: previously obscure gun conversion kits, called "bump stocks", that turn semiautomatic weapons into weapons capable of firing in long, deadly bursts. "We have been able to increase Republican support for anti-gun violence measures pretty consistently since Sandy Hook but we've never gotten to that magic 60".
The Senate's third-ranking Republican, Sen. Ron Johnson, the administrator of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, likewise said he will probably bolster the enactment.
On MSNBC Wednesday morning, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said there is "no question" Congress should look into bump stocks.
David Trahan, the executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of ME, a gun-rights organization that coordinates with the NRA, said on Thursday that he hadn't discussed the bump stock issue with his board. At a weekly news conference Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said it was "premature" to consider changes to gun laws.
"Let's just say this, it's a legal loophole", said Lacasse describing bump stocks.
Senator Cornyn said on Wednesday: "It strikes me as odd that it's illegal to convert a semi-automatic weapon to an automatic weapon, but apparently these bump-stocks are not illegal under the current law". Feinstein's bill has 24 co-sponsors, all Democrats.
The mass shooting was the deadliest in USA history. "Yeah, I don't think there's any question we ought to look at that".
Rep. Dave Brat, a Virginia Republican who is one of the most conservative members of Congress and a member of the House Freedom Caucus, told Business Insider he was open to debating a ban on bump-stock devices but would have to learn more about the issue before supporting a ban.
"I think they should be banned", Flores told the newspaper The Hill.
"I have no idea why, but anytime an unfortunate situation happens and they start talking about getting rid of stuff, we get those phone calls", he said.
Maine's two congressional Republicans, Sen.