After Las Vegas shooting, a look at the controversy over gun modifications

As the country reflects on Sunday’s Las Vegas shooting, the issue of gun control has been brought to the fore.

It’s a topic that comes up every time there’s a shooting, and leads to a debate that has been going on in the U.S. for years. The difference this time? Gun modifications that may have been used by Stephen Paddock, who bashed out the hotel room windows on Mandalay Bay’s 32nd floor to kill at least 59 people and wound 500 on the last day of a country music festival.

Bump stocks can be used to make guns fire faster, which is becoming a point of contention in the ongoing gun discussion. So how do gun modifications work exactly and how accessible are they? And what will gun control advocates battle for in wake of the shooting?


Frank Stoltze, KPCC correspondent covering criminal justice and public safety issues; he joins us from Las Vegas; he tweets @StoltzeFrankly

Michael Hammond, legislative counsel for the Gun Owners of America, a nonprofit gun owners rights organization

Avery W. Gardiner, co-president at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence; a nonprofit gun control advocacy organization in Washington D.C.