Both Sides - And The NRA - Considering Bump Stock Ban

Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole spoke yesterday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" reacting to the Las Vegas massacre. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, was stunned by the audio he was hearing, the sounds of a gun popping at a concert in Las Vegas at a frequency he was nearly sure wasn't just coming from a semi-automatic weapon. "I don't think that's how this happens". Fully automatic is about 800 rounds, and that sounded like about 500.' ...

Even some of the most avid supporters of gun rights said they had not heard of bump stocks before this week.

The Las Vegas gunman possessed a little-known device called a "bump stock" that was not widely sold - until now.

"We welcome that and would like to be part of that conversation". "I just thank God".

"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. Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican.

MANN: That crank device can be ordered online, fitting a semiautomatic rifle with a do-it-yourself kit with a price tag of just 40 bucks. "That's the same rate of fire as automatic weapons", Feinstein said.

"It's for those guys who want to look like super ninja when they're out on the range - they're the people my peer group makes fun of", Vasquez, a former Marine, said Wednesday, returning from a firearm instruction course he conducted in SC. The weapon on the left has a bump stock added to make it fully automatic, a scope for accuracy and an oversize magazine to hold more ammunition. Therefore, members argue, it's hard not to take a look at a device that would transition a legal weapon into one that fires at a rate similar to the tightly restricted ones.

Also, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan is backtracking on the latest and most far-fetched gun issue - a bill permitting gun silencers and wider use of concealed weapons permits - in the wake of Las Vegas.

The purchase of fully automatic weapons has been restricted in the USA since the 1930s.

However, since then several top Republicans have signaled they are open to action on bump stocks. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who introduced legislation this week to ban them.

"The Republicans need to have hearings and have a vote on our common-sense gun-violence-prevention legislation, and that is our bill to expand background checks to make sure that we do everything we can to prevent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from getting their hands on guns", Thompson told reporters at the Capitol.

It's still early in the debate over bump stocks.

"The tragedy in Las Vegas was horrific", Benavides said. "Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law", a statement from NRA leaders Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox said.

For as little as $99, you can get a bump stock, a spring-loaded stock that, with one pull of the trigger, keeps the weapon firing using its own recoil. I did not know that there was technology capable, that cheaply, of transforming a semiautomatic into an automatic weapon. "We have a person in our office who sits down and walks me through all these technical issues and shows me photographs and tells me how that affects law".

  • Rogelio Becker