• NRA CEO won’t back bill banning bump stocks

    WASHINGTON – The head of the National Rifle Association Sunday wouldn’t commit to a new law banning bump stocks in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre.

    “There are monsters like this monster out there every day,” the CEO of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “There are menaces out there every day. People want to be able to protect themselves.”

    LaPierre blamed the “elites” who “protect themselves with armed security” for trying to politicize the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Stephen Paddock sprayed bullets from his Las Vegas hotel room into a country music concert, killing 58 people and wounding 500 others.

    LaPierre, who had earned $5.1 million in total compensation in 2015 as the head of the NRA, also travels with armed body guards.

    “All the elites that have been speaking out this past week, they all want to protect themselves. They all protect themselves with armed security,” LaPierre said.

    He continued to cast a wide net of blame for another mass shooting, including the Obama Administration, the mental health system and video games.

    “You want to talk about irresponsible use of firearms?” LaPierre said. “The number one person teaching irresponsible use of firearms is all these elites’ employer, the Hollywood, television, gaming industry. We spend millions teaching responsible use of firearms.”

    The NRA came out in support of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reviewing Obama-era decisions that allowed bump fire stocks sales and said the accessories should “be subject to additional regulations.”

    But LaPierre stopped short of backing new congressional legislation to ban bump fire stocks outright and took repeated aim at the bill’s sponsor Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

    “I think you want to tell ATF to do its job,” LaPeirre said. “ It is an interpretive the issue. And they need to get the job done, but not let Dianne Feinstein, which is what she wants to do, turn this all into some Christmas tree on the Hill, where she brings all of her anti-gun circus she has been trying to do for years into this.”

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