Wayne LaPierre

Witcover: A chink in the NRA's armor?

Witcover: A chink in the NRA's armor?

To the surprise of critics of the National Rifle Association's stolid opposition to all manner of gun control, the principal gun lobby before Congress has signaled support for federal limitations on the weapons used in the Las Vegas mass assassination.

The NRA's two top officials, CEO Wayne LaPierre and chief lobbyist Chris Cox, in a move to head off new anti-gun legislation, have proposed “additional regulations” under the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The swift response comes in the wake of a call from Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, long an adamant NRA foe, for banning of the so-called “bump-fire stocks” that essentially convert semi-automatic...