Latest bump stocks twist moves us in right direction on gun control
- Author: Leroy Wright Oct 07, 2017,
Oct 07, 2017, 22:43
Another NRA policy priority, the deregulation of silencer attachments, appears to have been stalled in Congress in the wake of the Las Vegas attack after Republican sponsors withdrew their bill. It also noted that bump-stocks were approved by the Obama Administration's Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
Bump stocks were initially meant to assist people with restricted hand mobility fire a semi-automatic weapon without pulling the trigger each time a bullet is fired. "And then they lecture the American public how you shouldn't do that", LaPierre said.
"We have a bunch of land, so I thought it would be fun to play with", he said.
Bump-fire stocks allow semi-automatic weapons to fire much more rapidly, mimicking automatic fire.
"We weren't able to fire as fast as we wanted", Jeremiah Cottle recalled in a 2011 interview with a local newspaper, The Albany News in Texas.
Republicans and Democrats alike are expressing support for some gun control, at least when it comes to bump stocks.
A day after Gov. Charlie Baker said he would sign a ban, Massachusetts House and Senate Republicans said they also back a prohibition on bump stocks and "trigger cranks", with possible life imprisonment for people who violate the ban. The bump stock is the same device that allowed a troubled man to shoot hundreds of people in Vegas- marking the deadliest shooting in modern US history.
The NRA goes on to clarify that it still believes Congress should loosen gun laws - by guaranteeing a right to carry - to "allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence".
Clark said that online retailers were capitalizing on the sudden demand for bump stocks. The killer in Las Vegas apparently used the legal bump stock devices on legal rifles, essentially converting them into automatic weapons, which are banned.
Wayland told us criminals will still find a way to break the law.
It's sparked a flurry of purchases by those scared that new legislation will make it harder for them to buy the gun modification.
"I was surprised to learn that in 2010 and 2012, the ATF determined these devices were compliant with federal law", Kinzinger said.