CHRONICLE: Rauner silence on “bump stocks” puts him at odds with NRA, national Republicans

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As a suburban Democrat sponsored a bill to ban the “bump stock” devices used in the Las Vegas mass shooting, Governor Bruce Rauner is still refusing to take a position on specific measures, including the ban.

The bill by state Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, would ban military style weapons and devices that allow a semi-automatic weapon to be used as an automatic weapon.

The Sun-Times is reporting Rauner was asked if he’d support a ban on “bump stocks.” He avoided the question and instead said, “these issues of individuals with mental illness harming others is a problem that we’ve had forever.”

Rauner’s silence puts him at odds with not only national Republicans, but the National Rifle Association (NRA), which has been a politically powerful force preventing the passage of gun control measures.

“The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semiautomatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,” a statement said.

Top Republicans in Washington are also open to backing a ban on the devices. Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-WI, said, “Clearly that’s something we need to look into,” in an interview.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-TX, said, “I will tell you that the unique aspect of the bump stock and how you would literally transform a semiautomatic weapon into an automatic weapon is something that I think bears looking into.”

Fifty-eight died last weekend in the Las Vegas shooting and more than 500 were injured. This year, 472 people have died in mass shootings in America and 1,757 have been injured.

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