February 24, 2018

NRA calls for federal review of bump stocks after Vegas shooting

08 October 2017, 08:30 | Christie Tate

GETTY IMAGES Concert-goers flee after a hail of gunshots rained down on them from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel

Concert-goers flee after a hail of gunshots rained down on them from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel

Even with a bump stock, the gun still only fires one round with each pull of the trigger.

The Las Vegas attacker, Stephen Paddock used "bump stocks" to transform many of his semi-automatic rifles into fully automated rapid-fire guns.

The conversation between the two congressmen comes amidst an ongoing debate on the bump stock devices, which were found in the hotel room of the suspected Las Vegas shooter after the attack. "It's not safe, they don't work, and it's a gimmick", Tallahassee gun retailer Will Dance told CNN Money. Lawmakers from both parties were already heading toward this outcome, which while symbolically potent has little impact on most of the nearly daily mass shootings in the country. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports. "Since this story has broke, we've been getting about 50 people a day asking for them".

Yet so little of the landscape changes if bump stocks are trashed. It's like steroids for a rifle. The shooter does not then move the trigger finger; instead, the weapon bounces, or "bumps", rapidly between shoulder and finger, mimicking the firing speed of an automatic weapon.

After Sunday's mass shooting, talk on Capitol Hill once again turned to gun control, with discussion focused this time on whether a device that can turn a semi-automatic weapon into one that fires continuously should be legal.

In July 2016, Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey announced a crackdown on so-called "copy" or "duplicate" weapons, including copies of the banned Colt AR-15 and Kalashnikov AK-47.

MANN: She doesn't mention bump stocks by name.

The ATF isn't taking a position on bump stocks because the products are not actually firearms, he explains. Perhaps it's time to repeal the Second Amendment which allows people to freely buy guns as suggested by Michael Moore, the U.S. filmmaker.

MANN: That crank device can be ordered online, fitting a semiautomatic rifle with a do-it-yourself kit with a price tag of just 40 bucks.

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With state gun control laws varying considerably, federal courts have seemed reluctant to definitively state what right the Second Amendment protects, with some notable exceptions. After Newtown. After Orlando. Feinstein is introducing legislation to ban a device used to make semi-automatic guns automatic. Even gunfire that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise near death at a baseball practice earlier this year didn't change the equation. A spokesperson for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which has limited jurisdiction regarding machine guns, said her agency hadn't issued any written direction about the devices.

ART NETHERTON: It is not for any nefarious objective.

I could go on, but I think you get the gist of my argument. At a time where BLM is demanding that the police stop surveillance of blacks and are demilitarized, are you willing to go against that grain?

MANN: That's part of the appeal. They love the thrill of shooting fast. They get repeated after each shooting massacre, even if many gun worshipers plug their ears and their elected representatives offer only "prayers and condolences".

When the Outpost called Eureka's RMI Outdoors to ask if they carried bump stocks we were told that they're illegal in California and have been for many years. Slide Fire has suspended sales of the items.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: As long as patriots like you kindle its flame, freedom has but one enemy. Another from ME said that he had five bump stocks gathering dust for months, before a post-Vegas buying spree saw them all snatched them up.

"I didn't know what a bump stock was until this week", Ryan said at a news conference in Chestertown, Maryland. With the horrific events in Las Vegas, perhaps more country music artists will engage on the issue to help change hearts and minds.

The shooting renewed a push by some lawmakers to ban bump stocks.

The difference? The Akins Accelerator and the Autoglove were determined in 2007 and 2017, respectively, to have mechanical parts that enhanced the trigger mechanism, making them by definition machineguns.

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