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Senior Republicans in Congress - who have long resisted any gun controls - have indicated they are open to banning the device that may have enabled the Las Vegas gunman to turn a mass shooting into a massacre. John Thune, R-S.D., said bump stocks are "something I think we'll look at, ' while Sen".

Though Feinstein has yet to find a Republican co-sponsor to sign on to the bill, her colleagues have said they believe that this legislation represents the best hope for finding common ground between the parties. You can legally own an actual machine gun as well: A federal regulation bans all automatic weapons for civilians, except those manufactured before 1986-and these have to be registered with the government. Several of the 23-gun arsenal used by Stephen Paddock in Sunday night's shooting were equipped with bump stocks, according to police.

He told reporters in Iowa that the Senate is unlikely to move forward with any gun control legislation, noting that a bill would need the support of 60 senators to go anywhere. Ron Johnson, the administrator of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, likewise said he will probably bolster the enactment.

But this isn't the first time Feinstein has raised concern about bump stocks in Congress - she brought up a similar restriction in 2013 that proposed banning all semiautomatic weapons that could accept a "military feature" like a detachable stock.

The newest debate over gun laws is starting out narrowly.

"They do sell a little bit, but it's very minimal", said C.J. Calesa, an employee at Birmingham Pistol Wholesale in Trustville, Alabama.

Officials said 12 of the rifles authorities recovered from a hotel suite in Las Vegas used by gunman Stephen Paddock were fitted with bump stocks, allowing the guns to fire nearly as though they were automatic weapons.

Nelson's bill also was sponsored by Democratic U.S. Sen. Paddock shot more than 500 people in a ten-minute spree, killing 58.

What might seem a bit more surprising are the Republicans getting behind her effort. These devices can be used to make semi-automatic weapons perform like machine guns.

"I think they should be banned". If that facilitates that, to me it would [be] subject to the same ban.

In fact, despite an average of one mass shooting of four or more people each day since Sandy Hook, there's been no major shift in the nation's gun laws.

Many Republicans echoed Speaker Ryan, saying the entire concept of bump stocks was new to them and holding off from a commitment to the call for a legislative ban.

In his comments, Ryan said that he - like a lot of members of Congress - just learned about the accessories in recent days.

"While it is too late for the victims in Las Vegas, and the victims in Newtown, and the victims in Charleston and the other bad shootings that we have seen, it is not too late to prevent the next set of innocent Americans from becoming victims", Sanders said.