The National Rifle Association says it’s open to new regulations on “bump stocks,” Time.com reports. That gun accessory reportedly was used by the gunman in the Las Vegas mass shootings. Bump stocks can greatly increase a weapon’s rate of fire, enabling a semi-automatic rifle to function more like a fully automatic one.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that he wants Congress to look into bump stocks, joining a growing number of Republican leaders who have expressed interest in taking action.
Speaking to MSNBC host Hugh Hewitt, Ryan said, “Fully automatic weapons have been banned for a long time. Apparently, this allows you to take a semiautomatic and turn it into a fully automatic. So clearly that’s something we need to look into.”
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who has led bipartisan efforts to expand background checks, told NBC News he was inclined to support a ban, too. “Right now my first instinct is to say yes, but I want to look at it more carefully,” he said.
Still, as of Thursday morning, no Republicans had signed onto a bill to ban bump stocks introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., according to her office.
Check out the complete story at NBC News.
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Amazon Tests Its Own Delivery Service
Amazon.com Inc. is experimenting with a new delivery service intended to make more products available for free two-day delivery and relieve overcrowding in its warehouses, two people familiar with the plan told Bloomberg.com.
The service began two years ago in India, and Amazon has been slowly marketing it to U.S. merchants in preparation for a national expansion.
Amazon is calling the project Seller Flex, one person said. The service began on a trial basis this year in West Coast states with a broader rollout planned in 2018. Amazon declined to comment.
Rep. Tim Murphy Resigns from Congress
The Pennslyvania Republican and staunch anti-abortion advocate allegedly encouraged his lover to terminate a pregnancy. On Thursday he announced his plan to resign from office later this month — one day after saying he would retire following the 2018 election.
Murphy’s about-face came after House GOP leaders and senior Republicans upped the pressure on Murphy to step down, Politico reports.
Valley Growers Eye New Crop: Hemp
“Southern California’s Lawrence Serbin has traveled the world to bring hemp fiber products to Americans,” reports ABC30’s Brian Johnson.
“But now that industrial hemp is legal to grow in California, he sees new business opportunities and is eyeing the small Fresno County farming community of Riverdale for a hemp-processing factory.”