Kellyanne Conway shifts blame to ‘Obama’s ATF’ for not regulating bump stocks
As U.S. lawmakers called for more regulations and more information on bump stocks, the device that allowed Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock to make his semi-automatic rifles fire like automatic ones, Kellyanne Conway was shifting the blame onto the Obama administration.
Paddock had as many as 12 bump stocks, as well as 23 guns in a hotel room overlooking the festival. He was found dead in his hotel room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after killing 58 people and wounding more than 450.
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A bump stock is a device that can be attached to the butt of a rifle, allowing it to fire like an automatic weapon. It can reportedly allow a gun to shoot hundreds of rounds per minute.
“It was President Obama’s ATF, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, in 2010 that decided not to regulate this device,” she told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “That should be part of the conversation and part of the facts that you put before your viewers.”
The NRA pointed out Obama’s association with the devices – while they were calling for more restrictions on bump-stocks.
“Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law,” the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox said in a statement Thursday.
The ATF said in 2010 that the bump stock device is a “firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act.”
Later in the day, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters officials welcomed the talk about regulations for gun modifiers.
“We know that members of both parties and multiple organizations are planning to take a look at bump stocks and related devices,” Sanders told reporters on Thursday.
“We certainly welcome that and would like to be part of that conversation,” Sanders said.
Both the majority house and minority house leaders (Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi) said they were open to voting on banning the devices.
But Conway also attacked Democrats for only talking about gun control after a tragedy.
“[Clinton] has tweeted about guns one time this year. Bernie Sanders, zero times. Elizabeth Warren, zero times. They have tweeted about Russia over 30 times, Sanders and Warren,” she said.
You can watch the full interview below.
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