A Republican-led House committee last month backed the silencer bill by Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC, who said it would help hunters protect their hearing. "I don't know when it will be scheduled", Ryan said at his news conference, adding that the present focus is on the budget and tax reform. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and author of an assault weapons ban in the mid-1990s, and she spoke about the prospects - or lack thereof - for gun reforms in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history. For instance, military-style assault weapons are banned in Chicago, and state law requires a person buying a firearm to produce a valid firearms owner's ID card.
The legislation also includes provisions that would loosen restrictions on transporting firearms across state lines and prevent certain types of ammunition from being designated as "armor-piercing" and thus subject to tighter federal oversight.
As news is still coming in and the death toll continues to rise after Sunday night's shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the Washington Post reports that a bill, known as the Hearing Protection Act, proposes to make gun silencers legal.
Originally, the bill - which would ease restrictions on silencers, among other things - was scheduled to be voted on this week. He had an arsenal of 23 guns, at least two of which were equipped with a "bumpstock" device that turns a semiautomatic (one shot per trigger pull) rifle into a fully automatic machine gun (continuous burst of fire with each trigger pull). Duncan said. "The thing is, and the thing he probably realized is, it doesn't make any difference - it's still loud".
Kelly reminded lawmakers and the public that calls for common sense gun safety laws get "the same response: Thoughts and prayer while they [Republicans] head to the bank to cash their NRA check".
Asked what Congress is doing to try and prevent such tragedies in the future, Ryan cited "mental illness reform".
Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia said at the rally that thoughts and prayers were not enough. "You can't stop a mentally deranged person". The suspect - who is now deceased - has since been identified by police as Stephen Craig Paddock, of Mesquite, Nevada.
House sources said they don't see that bill - which is aimed at overturning the SAFE Act, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's strict gun control law - moving forward anytime soon.
Nelba Marquez-Green, who lost her 6-year-old daughter, said this was on the hands of Congress members who did nothing in 2013. "It was tremendously uplifting and gave me and my family a lot of strength during those tough times".