February 5, 2018
Bump stocks, the device that allow's semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of machine guns, were attached to a half-dozen of the long guns found in the hotel room of the Las Vegas shooter who in October killed 58 people and injured hundreds more attending a nearby outdoor concert. With a nationwide ban stalled at the federal level, a handful of states and some cities are placing bans on bump stocks. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
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In the immediate aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there was a fevered pitch to ban bump stocks, the device that allowed the shooter's semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of machine guns.