U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice in June, on Sunday reiterated his support of the Second Amendment and said that the focus of the debate on gun control should be on enforcing existing regulations, according to a report.
In an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Scalise said he believes that instead of passing new gun reform regulations, the country should focus on enforcing existing laws.
“Don’t try to put new laws in place that don’t fix these problems,” Scalise, R-Jefferson, said in the interview. “They only make it harder for law-abiding citizens to own a gun.”
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Scalise also said that he does not want Congress to take up the issue of bump stocks, which allow legal semi-automatic rifles to mimic fully automatic firearms. He agreed with the NRA’s request that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should review a 2010 decision that found the devices to comply with existing federal laws, according to the report.
“Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi already said she wants it to be a slippery slope,” Scalise said. “She doesn’t want to stop at bump stocks. They want to go out and limit the rights of gun owners.”
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The devices have come into recent debate after they were found among the weapons used by Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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