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Senior Republicans in Congress – who have long resisted any gun controls – have indicated they are open to banning the device that may have enabled the Las Vegas gunman to turn a mass shooting into a massacre. Police say they found so-called “bump-stocks” in Stephen Paddock’s hotel room: legal but controversial accessories that increase the rate of fire, effectively transforming a rifle into a fully automatic weapon. Even some politicians who support gun ownership say Congress may need to act on these conversion kits. “I own a lot of guns, and as a hunter and sportsman, I think that’s our right as Americans, but I don’t understand the use of this bump stock,” said Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas. “It seems like it’s an obvious area we ought to explore and see if it’s something Congress needs to act on.” Such modifications were found on several of the 23 guns discovered in the gunman’s room at the Mandalay Bay hotel. It’s thought the bump-stocks made the Las Vegas gunman even more lethal: analysis has shown he was able to fire dozens of rounds in a few seconds. Paddock shot more than 500 people in a ten-minute spree, killing 58. Democratic calls for gun control were led by former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, seriously wounded in an assassination attempt six years ago. “Now is the time to come together, be responsible – Democrats, Republicans – everyone. We must never stop fighting – fight, fight, fight!” she said to applause on the steps outside Congress. But despite the statements from some Republicans, restrictions are far from certain. The powerful National Rifle Association could block any action; another gun rights group has vowed to do so. In Las Vegas itself gun culture is part of the landscape. Some people in the city said they support controls – but others highlight in this case hotel security or checks on individuals. Earlier this year President Trump signed a bill blocking an Obama-era rule preventing mentally ill people from owning a gun.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the idea in Congress of banning "bump stocks" like the device used by the Las Vegas shooter (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump says his administration is considering whether "bump stock" devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to perform more like fully automatic weapons should be banned in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre.

Trump says ahead of a dinner with senior military leaders at the White House Thursday evening, "We'll be looking into that over the next short period of time."

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said earlier Thursday that the president welcomed a review of U.S. policy on the devices, which were apparently used by the Las Vegas shooter to make his weapons more deadly.

The National Rifle Association has said the devices should be "subject to additional regulations." And House Speaker Paul Ryan says a ban is "clearly something we need to look into."

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6 p.m.

The National Rifle Association says "bump stock" devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to perform more like fully automatic weapons should be "subject to additional regulations."

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is praising the announcement, saying, "We welcome that and a conversation on that."

House Speaker Paul Ryan is adding his support, as are other top Republicans.

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2:32 p.m.

The National Rifle Association says the "bump stocks" device that the Las Vegas shooter used to turn semi-automatic rifles into fully automated weapons should be "subject to additional regulations."

In a statement on Thursday, the NRA says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.

The organization which holds a powerful sway over members of Congress dismissed some of the initial response from lawmakers who have pressed for more gun control.

Said the NRA: "Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks."

The statement came from NRA leaders Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox.

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2:30 p.m.

The White House says President Donald Trump welcomes a review of U.S. policy on so-called bump stock devices that legally make semi-automatic rifles into faster-firing automatic weapons.

Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday that "we're certainly open to having that conversation."

Her remarks are part of a growing bipartisan chorus of calls to take a step in the direction of regulating guns in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre. The killer in Las Vegas apparently used the legal bump stock devices on legal rifles, essentially converting them into automatic weapons, which are banned. That allowed him to spray gunfire into the crowd below much more quickly. At least 58 people were killed and hundreds were injured when he opened fire on an outdoor country music festival.

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12:25 p.m.

The top Republican in the House says he's open to considering a possible ban on "bump stocks," the device the shooter in Las Vegas apparently used to make semi-automatic rifles perform more like fully automatic weapons.

Speaker Paul Ryan said in an interview with MSNBC that aired Thursday it's "clearly something we need to look into."

The comments from lawmakers including No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas mark a surprising departure from the GOP's general antipathy to gun regulations of any kind.

The devices are known as "bump stocks," among other names. They're legal and originally were intended to help people with limited hand mobility fire a semi-automatic without the individual trigger pulls required.

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4 a.m.

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.