Bump stocks are flying off the shelves online after Democrats immediately called for gun control legislation after the horrific Las Vegas Shooting Sunday.
Designed to enable a semi-automatic weapon to fire like a fully automatic weapon, bump stocks are usually available for purchase on the Internet but Walmart and Cabela’s— two of the nation’s largest gun sellers — appear to have discontinued bump stock sales early Wednesday. The website’s that have continued to sell them, are selling out of bump stocks or have already sold out, according to a report by The Trace.
“Due to extreme high demands, we are currently out of stock. Please check back with us shortly,” a message said posted on the website of Slide Fire Solutions, the manufacturer of a well-known bump stock.
Two bump stocks, were found in the hotel room of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock. The 64-year-old perpetrated America’s deadliest mass shooting Sunday night. (RELATED: The Vegas Shooter Had Two Bump Stocks In His Room, Here’s What That Means)
A bump stock dramatically increases a semi-automatic weapon’s rate of fire as the device allows the natural recoil of the gun to “bump” the shooter’s trigger finger. This increases the rate of fire to become nearly indistinguishable from that of a fully automatic weapon. Since the shooter’s finger is technically pulling the trigger for each round fired, the weapon can legally be classified as semi-automatic.
Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday to ban bump stocks. California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation that would ban the sale and possession of so-called bump stocks and other devices that increase a firearm’s rate of fire.
“The only reason to modify a gun like this is to kill as many people as possible in as short of a time as possible,” Feinstein said about the bump stock found in Paddock’s hotel room.
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