Trump says will be looking into whether to ban 'bump stocks' after Vegas rampage

Reuters

Posted at Oct 06 2017 09:47 AM

A bump fire stock that attaches to an semi-automatic assault rifle to increase the firing rate is seen at Good Guys Gun Shop in Orem, Utah, U.S., October 4, 2017. Reuters

WASHINGTON - United States President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration will be looking into whether to ban "bump stocks," devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to behave like full automatic weapons, after the Las Vegas mass shooting.

"We'll be looking into that over the next short period of time," Trump told reporters when asked if bump stocks should be banned.

The National Rifle Association announced Thursday it would support tighter restrictions on such devices.

According to The New York Times, a "bump stock" frees the rifle to slide back and forth rapidly, harnessing the energy from the kickback shooters feel when the weapon fires.

The device is not banned under federal law even though it allows a weapon to "fire at nearly the rate of a machine gun without technically converting it to a fully automatic firearm," said the newspaper. - with ABS-CBN News

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh)