“Bump Stock” device enables a semi-automatic rifle to operate as fully automatic weapon increasing its potentiality to inflict harm.
The US Gun lobby joined the Trump administration and top Congressional Republicans on Thursday to review the fire-arms control measures, more so the “bump stock” device that turned the semi-automatic rifle into a lethal one, leading to many casualties in Las Vegas shoot out on Sunday.
The “bump Stock” device enables the semi-automatic rifle to operate as fully automatic weapon increasing its rate of fire and its potentiality to inflict harm. This is otherwise outlawed in the United States.
The Police had revealed the shooter, Stephen Paddock of used this device which enabled him to fire hundreds of rounds from his semi- automatic in a minute over the course of 10 minutes from 32nd- floor hotel suite, resulting in the high casualty count: 58 people killed and hundreds wounded. Paddock, 64, had killed himself after police stormed his suite where he was firing from.
The endorsement of regulations for “bump stock” came simultaneously on Thursday, from The National Rifle Association and the White House.
The NRA, which routinely opposes virtually any hint of new restrictions, said in a statement: “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. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”
Moments after, at the White House, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders praised the announcement. “We welcome that and a conversation on that,” Sanders said. “It’s something we’re very open to.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan added his support, as have other top Republicans. “Obviously we need to look at how we can tighten up the compliance with this law so that fully automatic weapons are banned,” said the Wisconsin Republican.
President Donald Trump had said his administration is considering whether “bump stock” devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to perform more like fully automatic weapons should be banned in the wake of Las Vegas Massacre.
He further said ahead of a dinner with senior military leaders at the White House Thursday evening, “We’ll be looking into that over the next short period of time.”
Meanwhile, the investigators remain puzzled at what drove Poddock, a well-off retiree and avid gambler, to stock nearly 50 firearms , thousands of rounds of ammunition and a supply of explosives before opening fire on a country music festival attended by 20,000 people.