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GOP and NRA turn on the bump stock: the politics and mechanics of gun modifications




A bump stock device (right), that fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed, making it similar to a fully automatic rifle, is shown next to a AK-47 semi-automatic rifle (left) at a gun store on October 5, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A bump stock device (right), that fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed, making it similar to a fully automatic rifle, is shown next to a AK-47 semi-automatic rifle (left) at a gun store on October 5, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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In the wake of the shooting in Vegas, congressional Republicans said Wednesday they’d consider banning the bump stock – the attachment used by the gunman in Vegas, which allows semiautomatic rifles to fire more quickly.

The NRA followed suit, calling for a federal review of the modification and suggesting that further regulations on bump stocks might be needed, though lobbying group Gun Owners of America has continued to oppose the ban.

In addition to the shifting politics over the gun modification conversation, we’ll also take a closer look at the modifications themselves. Is there a legitimate use of the trigger crank and the bump stock for gun owners? If these modifications are taken off the market, is there a black market that fills the gap? Are there other unregulated gun attachments that effectively turn semiautomatics into automatic weapons?

Guests:

Mike DeBonis, reporter covering Congress and national politics for the Washington Post; he’s been following the story; he tweets @mikedebonis

Christopher Dergregorian, partner and COO of Omni Sentry Security, a full-service security firm located in Van Nuys; he is a certified NRA instructor