GOP questions on bump stocks ignore details

A bump-fire stock is seen on one of the weapons found in the hotel suite from which Stephen Paddock rained bullets on concertgoers below

The National Rifle Association has called for tougher regulations on modification devices like those used by the Las Vegas attacker.

Which brings me to the second major reason why the NRA proactively came out in favor of ATF-driven regulations on bump stocks: It allows for a simple - and quick - answer to the horrors of the Las Vegas shooting without endangering any of the key elements of what the NRA and its supporters hold dear.

When Las Vegas Metro Police first ran to the scene at Mandalay Bay on Sunday night, they didn't know the shooter's exact location.

Asked if using a bump stock thwarts the intent of federal law, Aposhian said that's a good question that needs to be discussed.

According to a piece in The Trace, a nonprofit publication covering American gun violence, "Bump Fire stocks and others like them serve gun owners who shoot for thrill and status, not for any practical or sporting objective". "The president's a strong supporter of the Second Amendment". Civilians can only purchase one made before 1986 and must undergo extensive background checks and be prepared to pay a steep price. "We haven't gotten that far down the road", as the Washington Examiner noted. "Apparently this allows you to take a semiautomatic and turn it into a fully automatic so clearly that's something we need to look into". Slide Fire, the leading maker of bump stocks, suspended sales of the items.

"He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something frightful like this was going to happen", she added.

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

When firing a gun with a bump stock, by holding the pistol grip with one hand and pushing forward on the barrel with the other, the recoil of the gun pushes the gun back and forth so that the shooter's finger re-engages, or "bumps", the trigger faster, increasing the number of times one can pull the trigger.

"We take an oath to protect and defend the American people, we're not protecting them by not having the gun laws that are suitable to avoid gun violence", she said, as reported by CBS.

In a June 2010 letter, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told the manufacturer that it considered the device to be outside its regulatory jurisdiction, thereby posing no obstacle to its marketing. The agency approved the device.

Stewart, who shot automatic weapons in the military and has a concealed gun permit, said like most Americans and most gun owners, he wasn't aware of bump stocks.

President Donald Trump says his administration is considering whether "bump stock" devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to perform more like fully automatic weapons should be banned in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre. They're what enabled Stephen Paddock to fire semi-automatic rifles as if they were fully automatic.

"There was nothing that law enforcement or the government could've done to prevent it", Gov. Chris Christie said on Wednesday. "Before we can run out and start talking about the preventions.we have to determine what caused it".

However, bump fire guns or fully automatic weapons are just not as accurate or reliable as semi-automatic rifles, he said. It's something we're very open to.

According to The New York Times, the Las Vegas gunman had twelve rifles outfitted with bump stocks in his hotel room where he opened fire on a crowd of roughly 20,000 concert goers below.

"There are at least a dozen ways to make a semi-automatic firearm more quickly", he said. Authorities haven't said if Paddock used those particular weapons to carry out his attack before taking his own life.

"You don't need to be accurate when you're shooting into 1,000 people or more".

The 1934 National Firearms Act regulates machine guns, defining them as "any weapon which shoots, is created to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger". And some big national sporting goods chains like Cabela's have also been selling them.

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