Following the Las Vegas massacre, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL 16th) wants the ATF to consider gun control measures when it comes to the sale of so-called ‘bump stocks’ used by the gunman.
A ‘bump stock’ is a device attached to a gun which mechanically uses the recoil of a semi-automatic weapon to allow the user to fire much more quickly. There are several videos you can find on YouTube which demonstrate how they work.
The weapon is still technically considered to be semi-automatic because there is no modification to the weapon’s firing mechanism, but the bump stock allows it to fire almost as rapidly as an automatic weapon. Police say the shooter in Las Vegas had installed as many as a dozen Bump Stocks on his semi-automatic weapons to allow them to fire more rapidly.
Rep. Kinzinger and some other Members of Congress have sent a letter Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive to do a re-evaluation of bump stocks, saying they violate the spirit if not the letter of laws prohibiting the sale and use of fully automatic weapons. The ATF had previously determined that bump stocks are compliant with current federal gun laws.
“Today, I’m calling on my fellow Members of Congress to join me in my letter to the ATF. I was surprised to learn that the ATF determined these devices were compliant with federal law. The ATF must re-evaluate these devices, and it is my hope that they conclude these mechanisms violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the law. In the meantime, my colleagues and I will consider legislative options, because these fully-automatic simulator devices have no place in civil society.”