Three weeks after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, efforts to pass even scaled-down gun-control legislation have effectively stalled on Capitol Hill.
The likelihood of passing legislation was always remote, even considering the carnage that took place in Las Vegas, where 58 people were left dead and 546 injured. But when the National Rifle Association said that it would be open to addressing the issue of bump stocks, many observers interpreted it as a pathway towards moving a bill forward.
In reality, it was the closing of the door. The NRA, which holds incredible sway among Republicans on the Hill, proposed that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms make a regulatory change to address bump stocks rather than Congress pass a new law to address the matter. Days later, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) echoed the group's line, all but stating that he would not bring a bill to the floor.
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