NRA Calls on ATF to Review Legality of Bump Fire Stocks

Semi-automatic rifles are seen for sale in a gun shop in Las Vegas, Nevada
Semi-automatic rifles are seen for sale in a gun shop in Las Vegas, Nevada / Getty Images

The National Rifle Association requested on Thursday that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives review their 2010 decision declaring bump stock devices legal under federal law.

The group's leadership said that while some politicians have called for more gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, it believes new gun-control measures would be ineffective at preventing future attacks.

"In the aftermath of the evil and senseless attack in Las Vegas, the American people are looking for answers as to how future tragedies can be prevented," Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox said in a joint statement. "Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control. Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks. This is a fact that has been proven time and again in countries across the world."

However, the organization said it believes the bump fire stocks employed by the shooter should be reclassified by the ATF and subject to stricter regulation.

"In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law," LaPierre and Cox said. "The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations."

The group also urged Congress to pass national reciprocity legislation.

"In an increasingly dangerous world, the NRA remains focused on our mission: strengthening Americans' Second Amendment freedom to defend themselves, their families and their communities," LaPierre and Cox said. "To that end, on behalf of our five million members across the country, we urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence."