Scalise: ‘Little bit early’ for Congress to ban bump stocks

Greg Nash

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) says it’s “a little bit early” for Congress to act to ban bump stocks after they were used by the Las Vegas shooter who killed more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more, arguing that most Americans are still learning the facts.

In an excerpt from an upcoming interview with “Meet The Press,” Scalise tells host Chuck Todd that until the shooting happened, he and many other Americans had never heard of a bump stock, a device that allows some semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly, acting like automatic fire.

“If you talk to anybody about a week ago, most people including myself didn’t know what a bump stock was, now we’re finding out about it,” says Scalise, who is still recovering from a gunshot wound he received over the summer.

The powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) on Thursday called for additional regulations on bump stocks, breaking its silence after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. 


Multiple Republican lawmakers have also signaled a willingness to act on the firearm accessory.

Scalise accused House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats of wanting to make a “slippery slope” that enables an erosion of gun rights in America.

“There are people who want to rush to judgement, they’ve already got a bill written,” Scalise said. “Look, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi already said she wants it to be a slippery slope. She doesn’t want to stop at bump stocks. They want to go out and limit the rights of gun owners.”

“So I do think it’s a little bit early for people to say they know what to do to fix this problem,” he continued. “I know there are people asking the ATF to go back and review their 2010 decision to authorize it, and I think they should.”

Scalise, who was injured in a shooting targeting Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice on June 14, made his return to Congress last week after months of hospitalization and surgeries.

In a statement, Scalise’s office said he will be resuming his work on Capitol Hill while he completes an “extended period” of out-patient rehabilitation over the coming months.

Scalise said earlier this week that, far from making him more open to gun control, the incident has “fortified” his belief in the Second Amendment.

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