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National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre on Thursday night ripped critics calling for gun control after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, calling them hypocritical.
"Now you have [Sen.] Dianne Feinstein [D-Calif.] and [Senate Minority Leader Charles] Schumer [D-N.Y.] and the media to get this whole tragedy, and they want to piggy back their agenda to ban guns," LaPierre told Fox News's Sean Hannity.
The NRA chief went on to bash Hollywood celebrities and their stance on the issue.
"This Hollywood crowd makes billions a year, every single day, teaching gun irresponsibility to the American public. The hypocrisy is beyond belief," he continued.
"They criticize me for saying people ought to be able to protect themselves from murders, rapists and robbers, and then they make billions depicting every night those same situations. The hypocrisy coming out of Hollywood is beyond belief. The American public doesn't buy into it," he said.
The interview came after the NRA issued its first statement on the Las Vegas shooting earlier Thursday backing additional regulations on bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic guns to fire hundreds of rounds per minute.
"The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations," the organization said.
However, LaPierre emphasized the organization was not calling for doing away with the devices, telling Fox, "We didn't say ban, we didn't say confiscate."
The latest debate over gun control comes after a gunmen killed at least 58 people and injured hundreds more when he opened fire on a country music festival from a nearby hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday night.