The NRA's strategic ploy on bump stocks

The NRA's strategic ploy on bump stocks

We know that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock assembled a small arsenal in room 32135 of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where investigators found 23 weapons, including multiple rifles and a handgun.

The reality is more complicated.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar supports a ban, but says more needs to be done.

Whatever type of weapon the shooter used among his reported stash of as many as 10 rifles, at least one of them was fully-automatic: Audio from witnesses clearly shows the shooter was firing at a rate impossible for even the most skilled shooters with specialized triggers. He bought three guns at that store in the winter of 2016.

If the dangers of machine guns are sufficient to exempt them from Second Amendment protection, then so are the dangers of "simulated" machine guns.

In 1986, Congress barred civilians from buying or selling fully automatic weapons made after that date, though individuals can legally possess older weapons after passing a background check and obtaining a special permit. Automatic weapons are exceptionally hard to come by and are nearly never used by criminals.

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.

There are more than 630,000 of these guns in circulation, according to federal data.

'Automatic weapons are illegal.

His final analysis? With or without the "bump stock" or "Slide Fire", a gun in the wrong hands can spell tragedy. They're legal and originally were meant to help people with limited hand mobility fire a semi-automatic without the individual trigger pulls required.

Senators and congressmen would be tripping over themselves to cast gun control votes, and passing stricter laws quicker than you can say bump-fire stock.

Feinstein included language to ban such modifications to assault rifles in legislation proposed after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., but no legislation was passed to restrict firearms in the wake of that massacre, in which 20 children and 6 adults were killed.

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

The device is frequently advertised as simulating a machine gun.

Like other loopholes in gun laws, these have been in large part buttressed by the typical pro-gun argument that people should have these weapons to be able to defend themselves and their families. It's no secret that the NRA spends night and day lobbying against any and all restrictions on guns-so if it isn't patently obvious what's going on, pay closer attention. And he - the Senate bill, the Democratic bill, also cracks down on trigger cranks and other add-ons that accelerate a rifle's fire.

"Of course we are all moved by these kind of things", Doar said.

The bill now has no GOP sponsors, but Senator Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, told reporters, "I have no problem banning those".

The mass shooting in Las Vegas has rekindled the gun control debate, as happens every time a homicidal maniac targets innocents, but we never get very far with the discussion. "I can't get into the mind of a psychopath", Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters and Mayor Carolyn Goodman described the gunman as "a crazed lunatic full of hate".

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