How a bump stock modifies a semi-automatic firearm

How a bump stock modifies a semi-automatic firearm”

The "bump stock" essentially uses the force of the gun's recoil after a shot is fired to trigger another shot nearly instantly.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) sent a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, asking them to declare bump stocks illegal, saying, "these fully-automatic simulator devices have no place in civil society". "The NRA believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations", according to a statement by NRA executive vice president and chief executive Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. The bill has the support of dozens of Democrats but no Republicans as of Thursday afternoon.

A quick glance at the TV Thursday afternoon produced a bit of a stunner: The National Rifle Association announced its support of further regulations on bump stocks, the mechanism that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock used to turn a semi-automatic weapon into something resembling a fully automatic one and murder 58 people.

Sales of automatic weapons are banned in the US.

"I have no problem in banning those", Sen.

The influential National Rifle Association, which has opposed efforts to pass federal gun legislation following past mass shootings, said it would not oppose the move.

"Let's stay focused on the possible", she said. While automatic weapons have been outlawed in the United States since 1986, bump stocks are perfectly legal and, Feinstein noted Wednesday, can be purchased online for a few hundred dollars.

Democrats seem to be calculating that targeting bump stocks, rather than broader measures to expand background checks or close other purchasing loopholes, is the way to put the most pressure on Republicans right now, given how the device is presumed to have driven up the death count in Las Vegas.

Despite the NRA's support for restricting the devices, its Kansas affiliate criticized the push to restrict the weapons Thursday morning.

Robert Spitzer, chairman of the political science department at SUNY Cortland, who watches the gun industry closely, said he was surprised.

Any day the NRA is in the news is a bad day for the NRA.

Jenkins is not seeking re-election in 2018. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already launched campaign ads against Yoder in what could be one of the most competitive House races in the country. Dianne Feinstein of California, who introduced a bill this week to ban the devices. Such devices tend to have a universal fit, which means an AR-15's buffer tube can bobble back and fourth inside the bump-stock while the firearm is being shot. "Any legislation passed in the wake of a tragedy should be carefully debated by the Congress, examining how the proposal would actually prevent these types of tragedies, while also ensuring law-abiding citizens' rights are protected", Roberts said in a statement. Some Republicans, including Sens.

"Automatic weapons are illegal", Wisconsin Sen. "I'm no expert on that and I'm trying to find out".

What does a bump stock do?

Gun sellers told CNNMoney they believe the sales spike is driven by fears of tighter gun control - perhaps including a ban on bump stocks - since the attack in Las Vegas, the deadliest shooting in modern USA history.

"I didn't even know what they were until this week and I'm an avid sportsman", Ryan said. "Crime is simply not as pervasive as people think; weapons are harder to get and properly use in response to crime than people think, and the government is neither nearing tyranny and totalitarianism (although I sometimes think it would be if this administration had its druthers) nor plotting confiscations".

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