What is a 'bump stock'? How easy is it to get one?
Oct 06 2017 by Lorena Waters
In the days since Sunday's Las Vegas shooting that killed at least 59 people and left more than 500 wounded, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has been silent. Inaction has been the norm following other mass shootings, including the Sandy Hook, Connecticut, massacre of schoolchildren five years ago, last year's bloodbath at the Pulse nightclub in Florida, and a baseball field shooting this year in which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise came close to death.
The shooter reportedly committed suicide as police attempted to enter his room.
To use the bump stock device, a shooter must apply constant forward pressure with the non-shooting hand and constant rearward pressure with the shooting hand, according to the ATF.
McConnell went on to say that: "It's particularly inappropriate to politicize an event like this".
"What I don't think you want your government to do is to lurch toward reactions before even having all the facts", Ryan said.
Ten Democratic senators, including McCaskill, face reelection bids in mostly rural states that Trump easily won in the 2016 election. "I'm gonna study it", said Sen.
There was no immediate response to a request for comment from the office of Sen.
"Some have said we shouldn't do this, we should wait, now is not the time". Democrats will need significant Republican support for anything to pass.
In the House, a bill from Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., would focus on bump stocks and leave out restrictions on other gun accessories. "It's obvious that this is a flagrant circumvention of the law, and no member of Congress should support any circumvention of existing law".
But many gun owners don't see new regulations as the right reaction. "Legislation would make crystal clear that Congress is banning all devices that allow a weapon to achieve an automatic rate of fire, regardless of how a weapon is altered". "I think that is the growing sentiment here", Blumenthal said.
With Las Vegas now also home to the deadliest mass shooting in USA history, some say lawmakers need to do more to beef up gun control regulations.
Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). Blumenthal told reporters that on Tuesday morning, as he was working out at the Senate gym, he got the sense from some Republican colleagues that there was an openness to some kind of action.
A man who sold the Las Vegas gunman several guns over the past year is recalling the now chilling moments he spent with the mass murderer.
The organization also took a jab at former President Barack Obama's administration, pointing out that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms in 2010 decided bump-stock modifiers do not convert semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons, which are more heavily regulated.
Brushed aside by the Republican-controlled Congress, gun control advocates have shifted much of their campaign for tighter firearms laws to the states - and they've chalked up some modest, unexpected successes.
"Putting more new laws on the book not going to stop it", he said.
"You don't need to be accurate when you're shooting into 1,000 people or more". Yet, he said he's had conversations that point toward progress.