For once, a mass shooting seemed to create a bipartisan consensus — rare in the polarized debate over gun control — that something had to change.
In the days after a gunman killed 58 people at an outdoor country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in October, members of Congress set their sights on “bump stocks,” devices that allow a semiautomatic firearm to mimic a fully automatic one.
Lawmakers called for more regulation of bump stocks and even outright bans. They vowed — Democrats and Republicans alike — to make the issue a legislative priority.
But that was then.
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