Bump stocks are selling out in the U.S. after Las Vegas shooting

Saturday, 07 Oct, 2017

Mass shooting leads to knee-jerk discussions gun control; the mere possibility of stricter gun control and propaganda by the NRA and its allies bring about the rush to buy more firearms; but ultimately gun-control laws do not change much, or change at all.

"The NRA believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations", the group said.

Thirty-two students and teachers were killed and 17 others injured by a lone shooter at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg on April 16, 2007, the worst mass shooting until then in the U.S. history.

The stocks have been around for less than a decade. So any device that could be used to turn a legal weapon into an automatic weapon, which is illegal under existing law, should be banned and prohibited.

The device can be slid onto the back-end of a gun and uses the power of the recoil to fire ammo more rapidly. "The only reason to fire so many rounds so fast is to kill large numbers of people", Feinstein said.

It's unclear how many have been sold.

The devices have quickly become a new political flash point in the nation's gun debate.

In a statement read by her attorney Matthew Lombard, the 62-year-old Danley said she had no hint of what was to come. Cabela's did not return messages seeking comment. You go out to the desert out here, and you can shoot high speed and just have a good time with it. It is not a Second Amendment question. The device does not perform automatically when installed, and to use it, a shooter must apply constant forward pressure with the non-shooting hand and constant rearward pressure with the shooting hand, the memo said. "I didn't think there was a problem with him", Michel said.

Our laws since 1986 prohibit fully automatic weapons.

In a somewhat surprising development, a handful of Republican lawmakers responded by saying they're open to banning bump stocks - or at least talking about it.

"These are small companies, with no involvement in lobbying or pushing anything politically, because all they need to operate is this one-page letter from ATF", said Mark Terry, a Miami patent attorney who represented a competitor called Bump Fire.

Jay Wallace, owner of Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, Georgia, said soon after most of his customers buy one, "the newness wears off and they put it away and it stays in a closet".

They said they don't plan on re-ordering them.

In a tweet Monday, Trump offered "My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the bad Las Vegas shooting". Authorities found bump stocks attached to 12 of the weapons, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Special Agent in Charge Jill Schneider said.

Investigators discovered 23 guns in his hotel room in Las Vegas in the immediate hours after the attack, plus another 24 at his homes in Mesquite and Verdi, Nevada, near Reno. Several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer that can be turned into explosives, were in his auto, authorities said.

Attitudes like this from senior members of the GOP have left some Democrats skeptical that the GOP will be able deliver on bump stocks.

"Bump stocks - which cost less than $200 - increase a semi-automatic rifle's rate of fire from between 45 to 60 rounds per minute to between 400 to 800 rounds per minute".

"For a guy from Wyoming who owns plenty of guns, it's something I'd never heard of until yesterday", he said. That happens regularly after a major shooting.

But while some of the weapons were bought over the last 20 years, authorities believe 33 of the 47 guns - a lot of them rifles - were purchased between October 2016 and last month, an ATF spokesperson said.