Fully automatic weapons are illegal in most places in the United States. These are weapons where al long as you hold the trigger down, the gun continues to fire. Only once in my life did I have the opportunity to shoot a fully automatic rifle and I have say it was quite the experience, but I have to admit, they have no real purpose for hunting, target or sport shooting.
Man is ingenious and will find ways around laws like those that ban fully automatic weapons. The result was the invention of what is called bump fire stock. It’s a stock that fits on a semi-automatic weapon that allows the gun to fire as if it were a fully automatic weapon.
The Las Vegas shooter used bump stocks on close to a dozen of the guns he used in the horrific mass shooting Sunday night. Sen. Dianne Feinstein wasted no time in introducing legislation to ban all bump stocks.
Democrats on Wednesday lined up behind a bill that would outlaw the sale and possession of “bump stocks”, a device the Las Vegas gunman used to retrofit his weapons with rapid-fire capabilities, leaving 59 dead and more than 500 injured in just nine minutes.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, a longtime advocate of stricter gun control, introduced the bill, which she had first brought forward after 20 children and six adults were killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in December 2012. The earlier bill, which would have reinstated a federal assault weapons ban, failed by a wide margin in the Senate.
Wednesday’s more narrowly tailored legislation would ban the import, sale, manufacturing, transfer or possession of “a trigger crank, a bump-fire” or similar devices that can retrofit semi-automatic weapons to fire at nearly the same rate as automatic ones, which are heavily regulated…
While I don’t see a purpose for a fully automatic weapon or one fitted with a bump fire stock, other than to kill a lot of people or destroy something, I still believe that banning them is a violation of the Second Amendment. However, after Paddock used them to kill and wound so many, I expect Feinstein’s bill to pass both the House and Senate.