NRA’s Wayne LaPierre & Chris Cox Issue Joint Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

Official Statement:

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Fairfax, VA – -(  The National Rifle Association today issued the following statement:

“In the aftermath of the evil and senseless attack in Las Vegas, the American people are looking for answers as to how future tragedies can be prevented. Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control. Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks.”

“This is a fact that has been proven time and again in countries across the world. In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.”

“The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”

“In an increasingly dangerous world, the NRA remains focused on our mission: strengthening Americans' Second Amendment freedom to defend themselves, their families and their communities.

To that end, on behalf of our five million members across the country, we urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence.”

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Follow the NRA on social at and Twitter @NRA.

  • 68 thoughts on “NRA’s Wayne LaPierre & Chris Cox Issue Joint Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

        1. NAGR is probably a bloomberg supported propaganda group intended to undermine the Second Amendment.

    1. They have been talking about the weapons found but nothing about which ones were used! Find out!
      They have also not told us anything about the Caliber of the slugs removed from those wounded or killed! If you can get an answer then I think that you will find the most if not all were at least 30 caliber or larger!

    2. My membership renewals in both the NRA and Gun Owners of America were due (or overdue) I renewed my G.O.A. membership along with a generous contribution. The NRA, with their AARP-like insurance peddling scams, can go suck an egg…

    3. I am still waiting for anyone to show me in the 2nd amendment where is states the type of arms I may keep and bare. In that the second amendment was written to allow citizens to protect against a over reaching government, why is there any laws the pertain to the right to keep and bare arms.

        1. I could blame it on auto correct, but I made the error of using bare instead of bear. I didn’t’ get my morning coffee. At my age I may have went into the kitchen for it, then forgot what I was there for. Never was great in school, didn’t get to college, but got a great education duting the year I spent in Vietnam.

          1. Yes. The real world is an excellent (usually unforgiving, but always efficient) teacher, isn’t it?

            Beats the hell out of liberal universities, anyway.

      1. Terry,

        Ignore Clark’s stupidity… your point is quite valid.

        The salient four words (“shall not be infringed”) are straightforward, simple, and direct. They can only be “misunderstood” by evil intention and premeditated design. Nowhere(!) is there any modifier of those words… not in the Constitution (including the Bill of Rights), nor in any contemporary writings (such as the Federalist Papers) by the Founding Fathers.

        Despite Clark’s smart-alec response, the 2nd Amendment does NOT say, specify, intimate, or even hint at any limitations. It does not give even tacit approval to ANY qualifications (such as “unless some hoplophobic Liberal politician WANTS it to be otherwise,” or “unless Liberals THINK they know something we Founding Fathers don’t,” or “unless we can distort the concept of ‘common sense’ enough to fool low-information voters”). There are no exceptions.

        Over the years, a fair number of lower courts have actually ruled that the 2nd Amendment does protect citizens’ rights to protect themselves from all dangers, including from over-reaching government (and to protect themselves with the exact same weaponry that such a government would use to abuse those citizens). Troublingly, not all lower courts are that sane.

        1. Agreed, but too weak by half.
          The Constitution, Specifically the Bill of Rights is not something Granted to us by the government. You have those rights by virtue of breathing. They are GOD given rights and cannot be rescinded by any act of government. The Bill of Rights is intended to bind the government.
          Any such act is, on its face, unconstitutional. Many actions by the courts are abuses of their authority.
          As for Clark, flush the crap and don’t feed the trolls.

    4. VERY disappointing! A HUGE step in the creep to disarm America – because once the NRA has provided a crack in the door, OUR biggest stick now also has cracks.Terrible day for the second amendment and the United States of America.

    5. Restricting legal law-abiding citizens has NEVER solved pr prevented ANY crime. Criminals and evil will continue and restricting the lawful ones is not the solution.

      That being said, the NRA has just about completed their suicide attempt. I’ve been getting more and more concerned with their antics lately – the whole Carry Guard non-sense where they refused to allow competitors at the last big convention/show, their lack of effort in pushing thru either the SHARE or National Reciprocity Acts, their self-serving bylaws change earlier this year, and now this. This is one Endowment Member who will NEVER send them another dime – and will urge all my acquaintances to do the same.

    6. It’s called, “getting the camel’s nose under the tent”, and shame on the NRA (I’m a life member) for going along with any further infringement on our rights.

    7. I have owned guns for over 60 years and did a lot of gunsmith work over the years. The slide fire stock attachment is a way to make a rifle preform as an automatic . I suspect the end result will be it will be treated as a machine gun . I personally don’t care. I cannot afford to burn ammo that fast . Probably only one out of ten rounds will hit the target in auto use. It is perfectly legal to own a machine gun IF you pass an extensive background and IF you are willing to pay a large tax to ATF and IF you can afford to buy the gun. I don’t want one myself .

      1. I have seen nothing that says this guy couldn’t pass the requirements nor afford the tax nor afford the gun

    8. I own slide fire stock, before that i used to hook my thumb thru the trigger guard and around my belt loop… same result….. automatic fire. After a short time i took the slide fire stock off and it sits in my gun locker. It was fun for awhile but all i really did was burn up a lot of ammo. My point is I guess, that I have to right to own one and to use it when i want too. I don’t need to be told I can not have one. There is way too much of that sort of thing going on as it is. The idiots destroying American history, telling us we dont have a right to this or a right to that. Enough is enough, You out there in your almighty way, thinking you know what is best for us and of course a different set of rules for yourself. Leave us alone.

    9. Typical NRA. The organization of COMPROMISE. My problem is this…if the GOVERNMENT can have possession of FULL AUTO, why can’t the average person? Wasn’t the intention of the Founding Fathers to give us the way to be at least EQUAL to the average foot soldier in our weapons? Too bad I’m a life member of this organization. Even though I became one when it was a lot less expensive I think I’d like a refund. Paddock was NOT using a bump fire stock. There is NO WAY that what I heard is a bump fire stock. It was full auto, most likely BELT FED MACHINE GUN being used in TWO locations by ISIS members….For sure. Do THEY really want us to know that it was an ISIS attack and that Paddock was murdered because he was working with the FBI doing a sting with weapons sales??

      1. No, ‘they’ don’t want to know that because it utter and total BS. There; I fixed it for you. Find a new tinfoil hat.

    10. Throwing the baby in front of the beast to save themselves. Don’t give up any thing! You don’t give up your means to fight because of one person misusing a weapon.

      1. he American people will not be bullied by killers or politicians and neither will we cower against attacks on our most important civil rights. We reject the notion that good, peaceable people and our basic rights must suffer for the crimes of the wicked.

      1. The meat of the NRA statement…
        To that end, on behalf of our five million members across the country, we urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence.”

        If yu don’t want to donate money to the NRA-ILA fine, that’s your choice. But if you read carefully and understand politics they did not approve of any bans, they said ATF should re-evaluate their approval of the SlideFire stock. Will ATF admit they made a mistake?

        But if Congress passes HR 38 we all gain back more rights than we have now. As far as slide fire, a bungee cord or spring….

        1. Finally someone here read and understand the NRA statement. They did not endorse a ban just asked the ATF to review there regulations and make any changes that are necessary to clarify the regulation.

          1. No, James, that’s not what they said. “The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”

            Do you see ANY suggestion or ambiguity here on exactly where NRA stands? They are advocating that ANY device, be it a Bump Fire stock, rubber bands, shoe lace or your straight finger used in a trigger guard to increase the rate of fire, should be regulated the same as a fully-automatic firearm. Stop trying to scapegoat for them, both of you.

    11. Ahem… a member of a gun-forum which I frequent suggests that this is merely political jargon.
      The NRA is calling for a BATFE review because this rests in their domain and within their regulations and therefor it is telling Legislators that this does NOT require Senate or House attention or action.

      One hopes that this is the case and that legislators will view this as a good way to avoid responsibility for taking any further action.

    12. As a Life Benefactor member I am disgusted by this BS. You can NEVER EVER give an inch to this bunch of socialist a-holes. As for the bump fire stock – I think it’s a good way to burn up guns and ammo (dumber than dirt) – however – I think if the government has a machine gun then I have the same rights. And I repeat You can NEVER EVER give an inch to this bunch of socialist a-holes. I agree with Mike Jones. I’ll aways be a life member, but, I can stop with the donations until someone puts a boot up LaPierre and Cox’s collective rears.

    13. The basis for the second amendment was that during the American revolution, the King’s men went house to house, taking rifle from citizens.

      That is why ithe 2nd A is for self defense, defense from a government. Yes, Americans needs protection from our government!
      The bump fire stock helps to give us just that! NRA and others, don’t join the emotional arguement.
      Stay true the the right of the people to denend ourselves from our government!!!

      1. And how do YOU ‘denend’ yourself from the government? Hint: it helps if you use a dictionary.

    14. The Bumpfire stock was BATF legal because the trigger is returned to the non-firing position after each round, whats next a govener on the trigger of semi-auto weapons ?

      1. Yes, they will want to ban binary triggers, too, because they allow you to fire faster (arguable, but the left will argue that). So do triggers with a lighter pull, so forget your competition triggers that allow you to fire faster and easier. New York triggers for everyone!

    15. I was gonna join the NRA after putting it off for years.After hearing this about the NRA not standing up for us 2nd amendment folks,I will use the money for something else,ammo maybe.

      1. Join Gun Owners of America – they are a no compromise gun lobby. I am a life member for that reason.

      2. Join every one, NRA, SAF, GOA. But understand that politics is like magic, distract the audience with a scantily clad girl while the action is elsewhere.

    16. I agree with Mike. Come on NRA stop back peddling or U are to lose us and funding. Don’t ask me for more money if U continue on this course.

    17. The good ole NRA sold out to the bastard Hughes amendment in 1986. The management specifically told me that they would repeal it later. I’m STILL waiting……
      So now another under the table deal all over again just the same. And dear old wayne and chris are falling into a trap a mile wide. The truly sad part is they are taking the rest of us gun owners with them.
      At least GOA had it Right.
      And the suppressors and reprocicity bills are dying on the vine compliments of traitor ryan……
      Well, I’m calling dear sinatur cornyn this morning in DC and giving notice of POSITIVELY voting AGAINST him in his next primary, backing that up with my money to his opposition and then for the dimoCRAP in the general election. At least I won’t be voting for a “make nice” traitor.
      When the republicans call for another donation, nope the purse is closed. At least new Senator Kennedy from Louisiana had it Right about NO new restrictions. I’ll send funds to him instead.
      And the murderous pervert DEMONSTRATED that all these new magical background checks and new restrictions and new laws wouldn’t have made ANY difference. What a concept! What part of THAT does not compute………
      For someone like that, mans laws are irrelevant. Just like Cain slew Abel with a club or a big rock. With any tool at hand. And no guns back then. But still just as dead if he had done it today.
      Criminals ARE law breakers. And in this case, using laws to their advantage for premeditated murder and mass chaos. And laughing at the rest of us. Does anyone think that he REALLY cared what the law actually was? He already knew that his actions were INDEFENSIBLE. So he took himself out. Good Riddance! But a bit late after his breaking the law thoroughly against murder.
      Man can ONLY legislate morality up to a certain point. After that, it’s up to divine forgiveness and the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ in Heaven. And may Christ bless his dark heart. A lot!
      In the meantime, fight crime. Shoot back!

      1. I was alive when the Hughes Amendment was passed as a last minute amendment to the 1986 Firearms Owners Protection Act. As I recall it happened in less than a day. The NRA was blind-side and did not agree but never had an opportunity to object.

    18. Have to face the fact that in this politicized world of looking for “things” to blame rather than wicked people’s personal actions, re-looking or banning an “accessory” is better than trying to ban semi-autos rifles…again. By using Bump/SlideFire as a “sacrificial lamb” they can possibly avoid more gun control talk and stick with something that will effect the fewest number of us gun owners. I don’t think this one is the “slippery slope” as it’s an accessory that “most” can agree that while it’s fun to do “mag dumps” with a bump stock, I don’t think anyone can mount a good defensive argument that that the product is/could be used for any kind of “self-defense” accessory. Unless of course you are going to use it to lay down “suppressive fire” while your buddy is moving to another position. But then if you’re in THAT scenario, better to have a belt fed REAL machine gun covering your move. Afraid at least two companies will be filing bankruptcy after congress gets done.

    19. I agree with NRA position. I also believe the NRA needs as much help and support as Americans can muster during this horrific period.

        1. That is probably a felony use of te U S Mail. I guess you just want to become a prohibited person just to make your ego “feel” good?

    20. While I agree with most of your comment, I believe that the L.V. shooter was a law abiding person…until he wasn’t.

      That said, I do not believe any more/new gun laws/restrictions will ever bring an end to evil. Relaxing/eliminating many of them, just may help.

      1. I don’t know how this was moved in the list of comments. I replied directly to Mike Jones’ comment.
        Anyway, the message is the same. We can no longer say that a law abiding citizen/gun owner has never used a bump stock to kill innocent people.

        1. Yes, you can. Because those were two belt fed machine guns used from two different locations by ISIS members. Sting by the FBI went bad. RIGHT FBI? Admit it you useless clowns.

            1. Clark C*nt what do you do just badger people? I hate to drop this on you but you are not funny or amusing.

        2. Your statement just shows that you don’t understand the law. His planning and gathering of the material to commit this crime is in and of itself a crime. Therefore he had committed a crime before he ever fired a shot and as such was not a “law abiding citizen.”

          1. Wrong! You’re out of sequence.

            Even if he is guilty in realtime of committing a crime (such as conspiracy) prior to firing a shot, until and unless he is specifically found “guilty” (of ANY charges) by a court… he is indeed innocent (at least, for purposes of defining “law abiding”), and he MUST be presumed innocent until he is adjudicated otherwise..

    21. Due to weak and flaccid comments which pander to the anti- crowd and especially all the anti- legislators, I, of course, am a law abiding gun owner who was horrified by the actions of this individual(s). If we give in to these legislators, even an inch, the assault on our Second Amendment rights will only intensify. We all know that these legislators will not be happy until the Second Amendment is completely gutted. We must continue to push for the Hearing Protection Act, and the National Right-to-Carry legislation. I wish that I was not NRA Life. so that I could express my dissatisfaction with NRA management by not renewing. Lapierre, and Cox, you do not speak for me unless I approve the statement in advance!

    22. Mike Jones: Did I miss something in this statement? I did not see the reference to ‘bump fire stock’, but only a call for stronger denial of the means for converting semi-auto to full auto. We must remain unified or we are lost. As a Life Member, and holder of six Instructor Certs, I believe we have to stop fighting amongst ourselves and concentrate on protecting the Second Amendment.

      1. Hard to miss:
        “Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.”

    23. This sounds like pandering to the anti-gun left. The gun loving Obama administration already reviewed bump fire stocks and found them to be legal. Keep in mind: No law abiding person EVER used a bump fire stock to kill innocent people.

      My NRA membership is coming due. I may not rejoin if they keep putting out flaccid comments like this.

      1. My NRA membership is also coming due. I am a law abiding citizen and don.t even hunt but I do enjoy going to a shooting range and target shooting. Since I have access to two privately owned ranges and go to them regularly, I will have to rethink renewing my membership.

      2. Pay attention. They WANT the ATF to CONFIRM their previous ruling that they are LEGAL to install.. Puts them on the “hot seat”, NOT the NRA or the bump fire companies!! It would have been nice if they had “clarified” better what they were doing, BUT, you don’t want to show the cards in your hand until the last BUMP UP has been played.

        Yes, I’m a Benefactor Member. The NRA is one of many groups fighting to preserve our 2nd Amendment RIGHTS. Support ALL of them!! Vote against the POLITICIANS who vote with the anti-gun crowd, Dem or Repub.

        The NRA changed years ago for the better. They went from defense to OFFENSE because no one has ever won a war on defense..

        1. I’m glad to see Ron’s post; along with (lower-case J) jim’s post on 10/6/17 at 11:24 a.m., it’s the most insightful message so far. Like most everyone else commenting here, I was tempted to join in on the NRA bashing, but Jim and Ron reminded us to look beyond the obvious and think about what LaPierre and Cox REALLY said, and did. Let’s remember that if they had simply stomped their feet and called for no compromise on RKBA, both the Congress and the public (meaning the people who vote for the legislators) would have jumped down their throats due to the emotional side of things, harming all of us. They must have agonized over the expected knee-jerk reactions of the membership (no offense), but if they succeed, their strategy will have protected us from another infringement. And hey, maybe some good soul will demonstrate to Congress that you don’t need a bump-fire stock, or even a piece of string, to achieve rapid fire.

          1. If pelosi, schumer and hillary had theire way they’d outlaw a S&W revolver and cut Jerry Miculek’s fingers off at the wrist.

          2. Right. Show Congress that no slide stock or anything else is required to bump fire a rifle and we will have cops running around with electronic gunshot timers, waiting to arrest anyone who fires more than one shot per “X” seconds. Once again, idiotic laws that infringe on law abiding Americans while giving criminals more to laugh at.

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