Congress may ban the bump stock, but what is it?

Following the deadly massacre in Las Vegas, calls are growing to either ban or restrict the use of bump stocks, a device that can be attached to a semi-automatic rifle that allows it to mimic its fully automatic cousins. Twelve of the rifles police found in Stephen Paddock’s Mandalay Bay hotel room were equipped with bump stocks. The increased rate of fire likely was a factor in the shooting, with 58 dead and 489 wounded. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Ca., first introduced a Senate bill on Oct. 4, 2017, proposing to ban the manufacture, sale and possession of the gun part. … >>More stories from National


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