WASHINGTON - Several Republican members of Congress support a ban on the kind of device the Las Vegas gunman used to greatly increase the rate of firing, a sign of possible movement on gun restrictions.
It’s a given that Democrats support legislation to ban “bump-stocks,” and many will argue that it’s only a small step. But the GOP as a whole has long resisted any new gun regulations until now.
So far, Republican Reps. Carlos Curbelo, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Gus Bilirakis and Vern Buchanan have said they would support a ban.
"I believe it's time Congress seriously consider the legality of bump stocks," Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart told the Miami Herald, who is joining three other lawmakers asking the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms bureau to "reevaluate the Obama administration's 2010 approval of bump stocks," Diaz-Balart's office said.
Since 1998, Diaz-Balart has gotten more money in direct campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association than anyone else in Florida, according to an analysis from the Washington Post.
The Tampa Bay Times asked all Florida Republican House members as well as Sen. Marco Rubio and will update this space if they respond.
--with Alex Daugherty
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