After Las Vegas shooting, gun "bump stocks" sell out

Police officers point their weapons at a car driving down closed Tropicana Ave. near Las Vegas Boulevard after a reported mass shooting at a country music festival nearby

In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas that has thus far, caused the death of almost 60 people and injured hundreds more, we are encouraged to see Republican lawmakers and the NRA say they will consider banning bump stocks.

"The NRA believes that devices created to allow semiautomatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations", the gun lobby group said in a statement.

U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, said Thursday they've signed on to a letter asking the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to review the law regarding bump-stock technology that was reportedly used in the Las Vegas shooting earlier this week.

"This session, the Legislature needs to ban bump-stocks and other devices that turn legal semi-automatic firearms into lethal fully automatic machine guns", Inslee said.

Officials said that 12 of the rifles found in the Las Vegas gunman's suite had bump stocks.

Pierce also said it's not just bump stocks-there are several other types of modifications out there that can produce more rapid fire, even some that modify the trigger.

A bill introduced Thursday by Sens.

Top Republicans and Democrats in Congress have identified new curbs on the use of such accessories as the gun control measure most ripe for success in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting. An Associated Press report described bump-stocks as a device that covers the trigger opening, making a change that allows the gun to fire rapidly as the recoil "bumps" the trigger.

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The statement is the organization's first since Sunday's attack in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and almost 500 injured.

Another bill supported by gun control advocates would have required stricter storage rules for firearms kept in a home.

That would close the loophole allowing for the possession of a bump stock if it isn't attached to a weapon, they contended.

"By modifying those, drilling out a portion to reset and not reset, that would allow the trigger to multiple-fire on a single pull", he said.

"We've definitely seen an increase in phone calls of people asking if we have bump stocks or asking how they work, or what the deal is", Sternisha said.

"I think all the people who are going to express an opinion about whether or not we're going to have reasonable gun safety laws should be forced to look at the autopsy photographs of the victims of that violence", Harris said.

The NRA will say "Guns don't kill people, people kill people".

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