Las Vegas gunman had legal device that turns guns into automatic weapons

Las Vegas gunman had legal device that turns guns into automatic weapons

Following the worst mass shooting in modern American history, members of Oklahoma's all-Republican congressional delegation faced questions this week about gun control legislation.

Laws against burglary haven't eradicated burglary, but we don't treat that as a reason to give up on stopping burglary, nor do we conclude that burglary laws have no effect on the burglary rate.

It's unclear how many have been sold. The industry leader, Slide Force, did not return messages seeking comment. As we've stated repeatedly, the only practical application of a high-capacity magazine is to allow one human being to shoot as many other human beings as possible in the shortest amount of time. In another video, a man fires off 58 rounds to celebrate his 58th birthday in just 12 seconds.

"Do I believe that he should have been able to get a machine gun?" Its volunteers have teamed with Gurdwaras, where shelter, hot meals (langar) and other assistance is being offered to all who may need it. Sikh taxi drivers are volunteering to drive people to their destinations safely, it said.

Since 1986, US gun-makers have been prohibited from manufacturing civilian guns capable of firing automatically.

Police said they found 19 firearms, along with explosives and thousands of bullets, at Paddock's home in Mesquite. A majority (54%) of Republicans say stricter gun laws would make no difference in regards these mass casualty events.

Some of the purchases were likely by people looking for more protection, but others were due to customers anxious that tougher gun laws could be on the way. It also allows gun owners to carry publicly if they have a carry license.

The starting point for discussion must be that both sides want to end gun violence.

At least 59 people were killed and over 500 injured on Sunday night when a gunman opened fire during a music concert in Las Vegas, the deadliest in modern USA history. Two guns in a room, instead of one, increases the possibility for gun violence to happen in the first place.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told the Associated Press several years ago that she was concerned about devices like bump-stocks. Another 23 guns were found in his hotel room, officials said. 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. Investigators were examining the weapons and working to determine which ones were used in the massacre, she said. At about 600 rounds per minute, the gas tube on an AR-15, which enables it to fire as a semi-automatic, will melt - that could explain why Paddock used multiple guns.

Automatic weapons have been banned in the United States for three decades. Unlike older weapons such as the Russian AK-47, which could be made fully automatic by filing or replacing the sear, a catch that holds the hammer or bolt back until the trigger is pulled again, modern guns are hard to modify, although it can be done. Then, the constant forward pressure from his non-shooting hand pulls the trigger back toward his trigger finger, squeezing off the next shot much more rapidly than the shooter could achieve with normal operation.

If automatic weapons are virtually illegal, why should it be legal to make or sell or own or use a device that causes a semi-automatic weapon to behave like an automatic weapon? The rapid fire does not necessarily make the weapon any more lethal - much of that would be dependent on the type of ammunition used. Some states even outlaw them for deer hunting because they are more likely to wound than kill a large animal outright.

This week's massacre in Las Vegas brought one particular gun accessory into the spotlight. But the use of truly automatic firearms in crimes is nearly unheard of.

JERRY MICULEK: All right, let's see if we can light up this gizmo here. They are legal, and they are widely available.

True. People kill lots of people.

The original rule was part of a series of moves taken by the Obama administration to try and curb gun violence after other efforts failed to advance in Congress. News24 is Southern Africa and Africa's premier online news resource reaching over 2.3 million local users each month.

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