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Congress Likely to Defer to Firearms Bureau on Bump Stock Ban
'There’s a big regulatory question,' Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., speaks at a news conference in Maryland on Thursday. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Don’t expect Congress to take a quick vote banning bump stocks, the device that allowed the Las Vegas gunman to shoot his semi-automatic rifles at a rate resembling the rapid fire of a fully automatic weapon.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday at a press conference here that he and many other lawmakers are just learning of the existence of bump stocks.  Congress first needs to examine how they are even allowed under current law, the Wisconsin Republican said, suggesting that a regulatory fix may be preferred over congressional action.

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Pelosi Again Asks GOP Leaders to Form Select Committee on Gun Violence
Democrats renew calls for legislation to prevent gun violence after Las Vegas shooting

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has again asked Speaker Paul D. Ryan to form a select committee on gun violence after the Las Vegas shooting. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is again asking Republican leadership to form a select committee on gun violence after another mass shooting incident.

The Democratic leader sent a letter Monday to Speaker Paul D. Ryan following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, in which a lone gunman killed at least 58 people firing from his hotel room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino onto a crowd attending a country music festival. More than 500 people were injured during the shooting, the worst in American history.