Oh boy. While a bump stock was used in Las Vegas, none were used in the Parkland shooting nor have they been reported that I recall in other mass shootings. And no, while they increase the rate of fire, they do not turn ARs into ‘machine guns.’
President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he has ordered the United States Attorney General to propose a ban on “bump stock” devices that allowed the Las Vegas shooter’s semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of machine guns.
The announcement comes nearly a week after a gunman opened fire in a Florida school, using the automatic rifle AR-15, and killed 17 people. The massacre sparked another national debate on gun legislations.
In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting in October — the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history — there were pitches to ban bump stocks at the local levels but the push stalled at the federal level.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at the Tuesday briefing to “expect further action” on the bump stocks ban in the coming days.