National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said Thursday that the group called for "additional regulation" of bump-stock devices used on guns in the Las Vegas massacre — not for banning them.
"What the NRA has said is we ought to take a look at that and see if it is in compliance with federal law and additional regulation," LaPierre told Sean Hannity on Fox News. "We didn't say ban or confiscate.
"The other side has been so outright trying to politicize this tragedy that we did feel the need to speak out today on this whole bump-stock issue."
The NRA on Thursday called for more regulation of bump stocks, a legal modification that fully automates semi-automatic weapons, after police found them on 12 of the 23 guns confiscated from Stephen Paddock's hotel room after Sunday's shooting.
LaPierre slammed efforts by Democrats to use the attack to push for stronger gun controls.
"They take this horrible tragedy and have piggybacked their whole agenda to ban guns and restrict law-abiding people — creating this circus on the back of this tragedy.
"What the NRA is fighting for is reciprocity, enforcing existing federal gun laws.
"The American public all over this country, they see these monsters and they don't want to be alone out there," LaPierre said. "They want to be able to protect themselves."
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