Feinstein moves to ban 'bump stocks' in wake of Las Vegas mass shooting

Posted at 7:11 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 21:11:25-04

DENVER -- Social media is lighting up with discussion about "bump stocks,” which are after-market accessories that make semi-automatic weapons fire faster.

There are calls to ban them, on Twitter, following revelations that the Las Vegas shooter used them in his deadly spree.

Senator Diane Feinstein, D-California, introduced a bill to do just that, saying her daughter had planned to attend the ill-fated concert in Las Vegas, but had a change in plans.

“Mr. & Mrs. America, you have to stand up,” Feinstein said. “You have to say enough is enough.”

But Dudley Brown, the head of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, said Feinstein’s proposal won’t do anything to limit crime.

He said that’s just like the senator’s previous gun control effort that dealt with assault weapons.

“Sen. Feinstein even admitted later that it virtually had no effect on crime,” Brown said. “The 10-year ban had virtually no effect.”

Poor man’s machine gun

Brown told Denver7 that bump stocks are relatively uncommon.

“Many people call them a poor man’s machine gun,” he said. “It’s mostly for people who just want to go to a range and try to see what automatic fire sounds like.”

Bump stocks, also called “bump fire stocks,” use the weapon’s own recoil to push the trigger against the operator’s finger.

Manufacturer Slide Fire has a video on their website that explains the process.

Online Purchase getting difficult

It’s getting harder to purchase the bump stocks online, perhaps because of a sudden jump in demand.

Cabelas advertised them on its website, saying “maximize your fun with this safe and innovative AR-15 stock,” but the link no longer works. A cached version said they were “out of stock.”


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