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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.

One Dollar, One Name to Recognize Gun Violence Victims
Robin Kelly wants a vote on gun control legislation

Illinois Rep. Robin Kelly says pressure from the National Rifle Association is keeping House Republican leadership from allowing votes on gun violence. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When Rep. Robin Kelly rose to speak on the House floor Thursday morning, she carried a list of 50 names — all victims of gun violence.

“I’ve begged — I’ve pleaded — I’ve screamed — I’ve cried and I even ground the people’s House to a halt with last year’s historic sit-in,” the Illinois Democrat said.

NRA Hits Cortez Masto as Another Harry Reid
Group spends $1 million on new ad in Nevada Senate race

The NRA says in a new ad that Nevada Democratic Senate hopeful Catherine Cortez Masto would vote like retiring Sen. Harry Reid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The National Rifle Association dropped $1 million on a new ad hitting Nevada Democratic Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto as being a repeat of retiring Sen. Harry Reid.

The ad highlights Reid's leadership in the Senate when he was majority leader and his votes for gun control and for judges whom the ad called "anti-gun." The ad then says Reid is trying to force Nevada to elect Cortez Masto, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Obama Vows 'Justice,' Condemns 'Despicable' Attack on Dallas Police
President warns more mass shootings likely due to access to 'powerful weapons'

President Barack Obama speaks about the attack on police in Dallas, Texas, on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama early Friday called the attack in Dallas that killed five police officers “vicious, calculated and despicable,” and promised city leaders the full resources of the federal government to ensure “justice will be done.”  

The goal of securing tighter limits on access to firearms , especially the kind of guns designed for combat, has proved elusive for Obama, as congressional Republicans have blocked many Democrat-pushed bills to that end. He did not overtly call for gun control legislation in two statements Friday, but in the second he did say more mass shootings are likely as long as Americans have access to “powerful weapons.”  

Ep. 13: Chaos in Congress Over Guns
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