NRA prohibits use of bump stocks at its own firing range: report

The National Rifle Association (NRA) prohibits the use of bump stocks, the rifle accessory used by Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, on its own firing range, Politico reported on Thursday.

The NRA did not immediately respond to Politico's request for comment on the matter, but sources familiar with the organization's rules told the news outlet that the bump stocks were banned on the firing range due to safety concerns.

Firing ranges in general commonly ban bump stocks, which increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic weapons by using recoil to allow the shooter to engage the trigger more rapidly, according to Politico. 


The motion of the stock makes the modified weapon "horribly inaccurate," U.S. Conceal Carry Association President Tim Schmidt told Fox Business. 

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms found 12 bump stocks in the Las Vegas hotel room where Paddock opened fire on concertgoers at a country music festival, killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 others. 

Support for regulations on bump stocks has been gathering support in Congress since the shooting, with Senate Democrats, led by Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him Trump judicial nominee Neomi Rao seeks to clarify past remarks on date rape Bottom Line MORE (D-Calif.), proposing new legislation on Wednesday that would ban the accessory. 

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fl.) followed suit after the Democrats, leading a bipartisan effort to ban them, which he hopes to file in the next couple of days, a representative said Wednesday.