MSNBC Gun Range Segment Drowned Out by Gun Fire, Again

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MSNBC conducted a hard-to-hear, misleading interview with the sport manager at a Las Vegas-area, "gun country" range on Thursday, which ultimately had to be subtitled over as a result of the sound of loud gunfire.

Host Ali Velshi introduced the segment by telling co-host Stephanie Ruhle, "And you and I talked about this a couple days ago, it's important to get the full range of opinion."

"Here in gun country, where people take their gun ownership very seriously and feel very threatened when talk of gun control comes around … This is what I heard," Velshi continued.

"This is gun country. Seventeen miles from the Las Vegas strip is America's largest gun range: the Clark County shooting complex," he said.

Velshi asked Steve Carmichael, the senior manager of the complex, questions over the sound of gunfire.

Thankfully, unlike the last time MSNBC did an interview at a gun range, the network included subtitles for this segment.

"We're still considered a little bit like the Old West in a lot of ways. And a lot of gun owners live in the state of Nevada. We see the whole gamut of shooters," Carmichael said.

"When you land in Las Vegas, you see ads for things that look like military reenactment, machine guns, and things like that. What's that part of the culture?" Velshi asked.

"Automatic guns are allowed here. Now there are guidelines for them. We have a public handbook that describes that within our rules, they're supervised with the RSO (Range Safety Officer)," Carmichael said.

Velshi proceeded to display what he described as an, "ARX, which by the way is a semiautomatic gun. It's not like a fully automatic weapon that was used in the shooting."

The gun used in the Las Vegas shooting, though modified to fire like an automatic weapon, was not a "fully automatic weapon," which Velshi attempted to clarify.

"The keyword is like a fully automatic. The Las Vegas shooter used what is called a bump stock, a device which allows a rifle to fire with one trigger pull as if it were fully automatic," Velshi continued.

Bump stocks do not actually allow constant shooting with one trigger pull but instead allow the trigger to be engaged at a faster rate, resulting in a higher rate of fire than could be accomplished by squeezing the trigger normally.

Conor Beck

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Conor Beck is a Media Analyst for the WFB. He's previously written for The College Fix, Life News, and was a Student Free Press Association Fellow for The Weekly Standard. He graduated from Rice University in 2017.

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