Bump-fire stocks sell out as en­thu­si­asts fear ban on de­vices

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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”.

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