'Bump stock' ban proposal gains support from Trump's Republican Party in wake of Las Vegas atrocity

Gun proposal gains Republican support in wake of Las Vegas atrocity

Stephen Paddock shot and killed 59 people in the Nevada city over the weekend

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A proposal in the US senate to ban a special gun accessory has gained support from the Republican Party. 

The motion came in the wake of the shooting in Las Vegas, where Stephen Paddock shot 59 people dead and injured more than 500 others. 

It concerns the banning of a mechanism called a bump stock, which allows for the firing of several hundred rounds a minute for semi-automatic weapons.

It was reported to have been used by Paddock in carrying out of the atrocity. 

The proposal to ban the accessory originates from the Democratic Party, but now, Bill Flores, a representative from Texas, has become one of the first Republicans to publicly endorse the ban.

A number of other representatives from the party, like Charlie Dent and Leonard Lance have also backed the motion. 

Their support is notable given the Republicans' close links with the pro-gun National Rifle Association, which pumped millions of dollars into the campaigns of Donald Trump and several other Republican candidates in last year's election.

Trump has indicated that he would be open to a debate on US gun laws in the wake of the incident in Nevada.