“Bump stock” (aka “bump-fire stock”) is all the rage in the wake of the deadly shooting in Las Vegas. According to Google Trends, terms are surging related to what bump-fire stocks actually do, and how they help turn weapons into fully-automatic weapons. Whereas some Second Amendment fans are calling for the AR-15 bump stock to be banned and destroying their own bump stocks, as reported by KnoxNews.com, others are apparently searching Google to find where to purchase a “bump stock” before they are banned.
An AR-15 semi-automatic rifle that has been altered with a “bump stock” allows the semi-automatic weapon to fire at the rapid, fully-automatic pace, which could be heard in videos of the Las Vegas shooting. Wal-Mart allegedly still sells bump stocks, according to an anonymous Wal-Mart operations manager whose comment can be read below, although their product page appears to be having “technical difficulty” right now.
Stephen Paddock used bump-fire stock on a dozen guns to kill 59 people in Las Vegas and injure hundreds more. Now the buzz about bump stock is surging online. As reported by NBC News, Jeremiah Cottle created the bump stock technology when he couldn’t afford a fully automatic rifle ─ so he invented the bump stock fire that turned into the Slide Fire, which are bump-fire stocks that allow weapons to be triggered rapidly by using the same force of the recoil of the rifle. “Bump firing” is both dangerous and hard to control.
As reported by CNN, Kellyanne Conway blamed former President Barack Obama’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for not banning bump stocks, which cost anywhere from $150 to $300. Certain Congress members want bump stocks banned, especially in the wake of the massive Las Vegas killings — and considering the fact that automatic weapons are not legal. The publication also notes that backlash against bump-fire stocks has caused sales of the bump stocks to surge.
However, certain sellers of the bump stock devices have stopped selling the bump-fire stocks, at least in terms of taking any new orders. As seen on the SlideFire.com website, the company posted a message about pausing sales of bump stocks.
“We have decided to temporarily suspend taking new orders in order to provide the best service with those already placed.”
As noted on the Atlantic Firearms website, the sales pitch for the bump stocks included language about having “fun” firing the bump-fire stocks.
“Why pay $15,000 dollars [for] a full auto AR15 rifle when you can have the same fun bump firing the Slide Fire Stock on your rifle?”
News of sold-out bump-fire stocks comes in the wake of the talk of bump stocks potentially being banned. As such, supplies of bump-fire stocks are running low across the country. As seen in the top photo above, an AR-15 rifle has a “bump stock” that allows the shooter’s finger to “bump” the trigger. Comments about bump stock from social media can be read below.
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