Banning the Bump-Stop

A gun accessory used in the Las Vegas shooting is now under legislative scrutiny.


The Las Vegas shooting shook up the usual coalitions on Capitol Hill, so much so that calls for some gun control are coming from republicans and the NRA. Police say the shooter on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay didn’t have completely normal guns – many were altered, with so-called bump stocks- a legal device that replaces a pistol grip and turns a semi-automatic gun into a makeshift machine gun. Republicans and the NRA now say they are open to possibly banning the device, especially considering fully automatic guns are already heavily regulated and largely banned. Some Democrats are hoping for more.