Bump-fire stocks sell out as enthusiasts fear ban on devices
The National Rifle Association broke its silence four days after the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history to call for “additional regulations” on bump-fire stocks, which the Las Vegas shooter used to turn his semi-automatic rifles into rapid-fire weapons.
But alongside the rare concession, the NRA also suggested it was time for further relaxation of laws permitting Americans to carry concealed firearms. “The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,” Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox, the group’s two leading figures, said in a joint statement.
The NRA pair called on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law”. The NRA’s suggestion comes after Republican lawmakers indicated they might support a ban on the devices.
Bump stocks were selling out as fear of an impending ban sent many gun enthusiasts hoarding. “I want to get one before there is a push to make them illegal,” one commenter posted on the Facebook page of Bump Fire Systems, a major US manufacturer of the devices. The company’s website had been down for more than two days citing “high traffic volume”.