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WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (C) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) points to a photograph of a rifle with a “bump stock” during a news conference to announce proposed gun control legislation at the U.S. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Senior congressional Republicans say they are open to considering legislation banning “bump stocks” like the shooter in Las Vegas apparently used to make semi-automatic rifles perform more like fully automatic weapons.

The Wednesday comments from lawmakers including the No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, marked a surprising departure from GOP lawmakers’ general antipathy to gun regulations of any kind. But they were far from a guarantee of a path forward for the new legislation by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, especially with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan making clear their priorities are elsewhere.

Cornyn said as a hunter and sportsman he doesn’t understand the use of the bump stock and wants to have a hearing on it.

 

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