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Las Vegas shooting victim stands for President Trump despite leg injury

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Las Vegas shooting victim stands for President Trump despite leg injury

A man who was shot in the leg during the Las Vegas mass shooting didn't let his injury hold him back from standing up to greet President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

Entering Gunderson's room, Trump said, "Hey, this guy looks tough to me, ' the president said as he shook Gunderson's hand".

The president also plans to meet with first responders later in the day.

The nation's largest gun-lobbying group said devices that allow semiautomatic rifles to function like automatic firearms should be subject to new regulation after a growing number of Republican lawmakers say they're open to such restrictions.

Thomas Gunderson was one of the nearly 500 people wounded in the Las Vegas shooting attack at the Route 91 Harvest Festival last weekend.

Paddock, killed 58 people in the shooting, which is now the deadliest in USA history.

"Our souls are stricken with grief for every American who lost a husband or a wife, a mother or a father, a son or a daughter", he told them.

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Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday that "we're certainly open to having that conversation".

Trump said after the visit that he'd met "some of the most unbelievable people" and invited them to visit the White House if they're ever in Washington. "We met patients that were absolutely terribly wounded".

As a businessman, Trump was supportive of President Barack Obama's calls to tighten gun control laws after Sandy Hook, but embraced the pro-gun community and its advocates during the 2016 presidential campaign.

As he departed the White House for Puerto Rico, Trump called the Las Vegas gunman "demented" and a "very, very sick individual". "I felt like he couldn't do anything to me".

Police found a total of 42 guns in the hotel room and house of 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who rained down a barrage of bullets from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel towards an open-air concert Sunday night. "In return, thousands upon thousands of people showed the world just how thoughtful, caring and kind this world can be", he wrote. Trump spoke with officers before sharing remarks to the press.

Officials say 12 of Paddock's rifles were outfitted with "bump stocks"-a legal but controversial add-on that essentially converts a semi-automatic weapon into a fully automatic one".

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