Congress’ most powerful Republican says lawmakers should examine “bump-stocks”, a rapid-fire accessory used by the gunman in Sunday’s Las Vegas massacre.

According to BBC News, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan told a radio talk show: “Clearly that’s something we need to look into.”

Texas Senator John Cornyn – the number two Republican in the Senate – has called for hearings into the devices.

A bump-stock attaches to the butt of a rifle, allowing the weapon to fire close to the rate of a machine gun.

Stephen Paddock, the gunman in Las Vegas, had fixed the accessories to 12 rifles. His motive for killing 58 people in the largest mass shooting in modern US history remains unclear.

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