ATLANTA (AP) — When the National Rifle Association urged the government to revisit whether "bump stocks" should be restricted, it raised eyebrows. Why would the nation's leading gun-rights organization be willing to bend even just a bit when it wields perhaps more influence than ever?
Some gun-industry experts say the move is a ruse to stall any momentum for wider gun control until outrage over the Las Vegas attack subsides.
The idea also carries little risk. For one, it's rare for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to reverse course without a change in the law. For another, "bump stocks" are not big moneymakers for the gun industry. And by seeking an administrative change, rather than a new law, NRA supporters in Congress avoid going on record with a vote.