What exactly are bump stocks, and why do they matter now?


Graham and Cornyn both sit on the Judiciary Committee where such a hearing would make the most sense.

“I assumed immediately that it was either an automatic weapon or an AR-15-style weapon that had been customized so that it could be fired the equivalent of an automatic mode”, says Barrett, who is also the author of Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun. The National Rifle Association successfully this year pressed for fewer restrictions on concealed firearms, greater access to guns in schools and on college campuses and new stand-your-ground legislation, which says a person can use force rather than flee from a deadly situation, in more than a dozen states.

Going further than Cornyn, Sen.

The statement was issued as lawmakers consider the possibility of banning the devices.

On the northern fringe of the Vegas strip lies Las Vegas Gunfights, “a full contact gunfight arena” in which customers combine real guns, non-lethal ammo, and martial arts to battle each other in a warehouse with sand floors and stacks of barrels that can be used as weapons or for cover. “To me, that is part of that same type of process”.

The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox on Thursday called on the ATF to “review whether these devices comply with federal law”.

In light of talk in Congress of regulating bump stocks, NRA officials released a statement declaring “that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations”.

Democrats in the Senate are planning to introduce additional gun-control legislation, though it seems unlikely to move in the Republican-controlled chamber. The group usually maintains a low profile in the wake of mass shootings, as it had in the days following the Las Vegas massacre.

But, Feinstein said, “for one reason or another”, her daughter and neighbors decided not to make the trip from San Francisco.

Not long ago, racist white people were so against swimming with blacks that many hotel owners shut down their swimming pools rather than desegregate their facilities.

I am not here to erase the second amendment or to tread on any yellow snakes, but I am afraid of a world where mass shootings are just something that happens when too many people get together. That’s just, it’s one of those misses in life. She authored legislation to ban assault weapons in 2013 that failed in the Senate, 40-60.

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. “I think it’s like Tannerite or some of those other weapon-related novelties”.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, said he couldn’t respond to the legislation until his staffers could show him how the devices work and “how that affects law”. “I think people should people be allowed to have guns”, he said, “but not military-style guns”. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. “I’m concerned about it, I’ll put it that way”.

Two bump stocks, were found in the hotel room of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock. After reports that the shooter, Omar Mateen, had pledged allegiance to ISIS, Trump took to Twitter to push his political agenda and support his proposed travel ban on several predominantly-Muslim countries.


Either way, the path to prohibiting bump stocks runs through Trump.

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