Offbeat Conway: Obama's ATF decided not to regulate bump stocks

18:15  05 october  2017
18:15  05 october  2017 Source:   CNN

GOP lawmaker to unveil bill banning gun bump stocks

  GOP lawmaker to unveil bill banning gun bump stocks Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) plans to introduce bipartisan legislation to ban a device used by the Las Vegas shooter that makes semi-automatic weapons fire more rapidly. Legislation to ban bump stocks has gathered bipartisan support rapidly over the past few days in the wake of the shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday. Curbelo, a centrist, hopes to file a bill in the next day or two, spokeswoman Joanna Rodriguez said Wednesday.

President Donald Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway , during a contentious CNN interview Thursday, pointed out that it was former President Barack Obama ' s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms that decided not to regulate bump stock devices such as those used in Sunday

"I would just note for the viewers that since ‘ bump stock ' has not probably been in the lexicon before," Conway said on "Fox and Friends," "this is a device that President Obama ' s ATF decided would not be regulated in 2010.

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway blamed the Obama administration Thursday for not regulating bump fire stocks, also known as bump stocks, which were used in the Las Vegas massacre.

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Kellyanne Conway said 'we always welcome thoughtful conversation' as she discussed how GOP lawmakers are flirting with Democrats on a bump stock ban. On morning TV Thursday, Conway pointed out multiple times that President Obama ' s ATF decided in 2010 not to regulate the devices.

When asked Thursday morning on CNN about the potential for gun control legislation to move forward, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway mentioned twice that bump stocks had been approved by the ATF under the Obama administration.

A bump stock is a device that enables semi-automatic rifles to fire rapidly like automatic weapons. Jill Snyder, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said Tuesday that the gunman in Las Vegas rigged 12 semi-automatic rifles with bump stocks.

"I did note ... 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 on "New Day." "That should be part of the conversation and part of the facts that you put before your viewers."

In 2010, Texas-based Slide Fire pitched the device to federal regulators as a new way to assist people with disabilities to "bump fire" from an AR-15-type rifle. Breitbart News, led by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, noted Wednesday that the device was approved by Obama's ATF.

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As for why Vegas happened, Conway pins the blame on Obama ' s ATF for not properly regulating the " bump stock " modifiers that were used in the attack "I did note it was President Obama ' s ATF , the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, in 2010 that decided not to regulate this device," she said.

After suggesting Republicans would be open to regulating bump stocks , Conway attacked Democrats for not doing so, noting that in 2010 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives decided not to ban the devices. "This is a device that Obama ' s ATF decided would not

Conway also argued that Democrats such as Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren don't talk about gun control until a tragedy occurs.

"(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. All three Democrats tweeted frequently about guns in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.

Cuomo responded: "I'm tired, so I apologize in advance, but I have to tell you a lot of this doesn't wash ... don't cheapen what happened in Las Vegas."

Though Washington lawmakers have been facing questions about possible gun control measures in the wake of the massacre, President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday that he would not address the issue while traveling in Las Vegas.

"We're not going to talk about that today," Trump told a reporter at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada trauma center. "We won't talk about that."

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On @foxandfriends, @KellyannePolls says the " bump stock " "is a device that Pres Obama ' s ATF decided would not be regulated in 2010.”

“It was President Obama ’ s ATF — the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms — in 2010 that decided not to regulate [ bump stocks ]. That should be part of the conversation and part of the facts you put before your viewers,” said Conway of the previous administration.

  Conway: Obama's ATF decided not to regulate bump stocks © Alex Wong/Getty Images/FILE

Defends White House Puerto Rico response

Conway also defended the administration's actions in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

"This President has directed an entire government and administration, and we had 15,000 people on the ground helping them, and the electricity is going to take a long time to be restored," she told Cuomo. "People have gotten millions of meals and liters of water, and we are doing what we can on an island 1,100 miles away from land trying to help those in need."

She continued: "And when people take a shot at the President and try to even question, try to put a piece of tissue paper between him and his commitment to those people, and those people, you should think thrice about that. That's No. 2. No. 1, and most importantly, you are talking about the urgency to have a conversation. You and your network have felt an urgency about Russia and some phony baloney collusion."

"Nobody who's investigating it says it's phony, by the way, Republicansincluded," Cuomo replied.

'Glad' Tillerson is secretary of state

Cuomo asked Conway about reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was considering resigning -- as well as Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker's remarks Wednesday that Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House chief of staff John Kelly "help separate our country from chaos."

"That's Sen. Corker giving accolades to the great leadership of our secretary of state, our former DHS secretary and now-chief of staff John Kelly, and Secretary Mattis at the Pentagon, and he's crediting their leadership for keeping this country from chaos around the world," she responded. "They support the President. They serve the President."

And on Tillerson's public remarks Wednesday, she said, "It was great."

"We are glad he's secretary of state and glad he's busy helping improve the safety and security of us and our allies and our interests around the globe, because this President is right and he did inherit a big mess," Conway said.

Poll: Support for stricter gun laws hits all-time high .
Support among American voters for stricter gun control laws has reached an all-time high, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Sixty percent of respondents say that support tightening gun laws, while 36 percent said they are opposed to doing so. Still, support for stricter gun control tops the previous high - 54 percent - recorded in a June Quinnipiac poll.Support for banning devices that allow gun owners to modify semi-automatic rifles to mimic fully automatic weapons is even higher, at 73 percent, according to the new poll.

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