Are bump stocks legal in Texas

Resistance to the bump stocks

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He likes to hunt, says John Cornyn, but he doesn't understand why a bump stick is needed. We are talking about a special rifle butt, the mechanism of which allows shooters to fire bursts from a semi-automatic firearm like a machine gun. With a bump stick, the ban on the acquisition of fully automatic weapons, as enacted by the US Congress in the mid-1980s, can de facto be circumvented.

In 2010, when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gave the green light to the sale of the special flasks, the country paid little attention to the administrative act. That is changing right now. After the horror of Las Vegas, Senator Dianne Feinstein focuses on the bump stick in order to implement at least one mini-reform, an at least symbolic tightening of gun laws.

Devastating effect

Although such a piston does not cost two hundred dollars on the market, its effect is devastating, Feinstein puts his finger in the wound. Instead of the 45 to 60 rounds that a shooter can fire from a semi-automatic rifle per minute, he can fire 400 to 800 times after installing the part. There is only one reason to modify a shotgun in this way, namely "to kill as many people as possible in the shortest possible time". According to the FBI, Stephen Paddock equipped 12 of the 23 guns he brought to his hotel suite before targeting concertgoers with bump sticks.

Taking these things off the market may be the lowest common denominator that Democrats and Republicans can agree on. The substitute for extensive corrections. Dianne Feinstein, the grande dame of the Senate, an 84-year-old Democrat from San Francisco who has long tried in vain to reverse the trend towards increasingly lax gun paragraphs, also knows that there are no big throws.

When Adam Lanza, a mentally confused loner, shot and killed twenty first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School, she tried to revive what President Bill Clinton had punched through. A ban on assault rifles, enacted in 1994 and not renewed in 2004 when it expired. Their advance failed not only because of resistance from the Republicans, but also because of the concerns of some party friends from rural states. Putting bump stocks on the index was part of the draft law that Feinstein presented at the time.

By restricting itself to that now, it is trying to get conservatives on board who, in their demand for stricter rules, can quickly sense a general attack on the right to private gun ownership. And if everything isn't wrong, your chances are not that bad this time around.

Melody of the NRA

After all, the Republican parliamentary majority does not reject the proposal from the outset. Sure, there are hardliners who don't want to know about it, like Senator John Kennedy from Louisiana: "I don't think we can punish eighty or ninety million gun owners for acting as idiots," he says. For some followers of pure doctrine, pulling the bump stick out of circulation already shakes the constitutional principle, according to which the possession of guns by free citizens must not be restricted by anything. But surprisingly, the National Rifle Association (NRA) also spoke out in favor of a ban based on existing laws.

Steven Scalise, an MP who almost bled to death when a mentally disturbed pensioner hit him on the hip during baseball training, warns of a kind of slide effect. People on the left, he told the Washington Post, were just waiting for an event like the Las Vegas carnage in the hopes that it would, in one fell swoop, change what political beliefs had grown over decades. Donald Trump, on the other hand, dismissed the question of gun controls when visiting Casino City with a speech bubble: Now is not the time to talk about it.

But there is also a Texan like Cornyn, the number two of the ruling party in the Senate Chamber according to the pecking order, who does not want to rule out a merger with Feinstein. After the Sandy Hook massacre, he replied to his colleague from California that bans made no sense, rather the aim was to prevent confused people from getting hold of dangerous guns. This time, he admits that he had a legitimate concern. The thing about the bump stick, Cornyn seconded, deserves a closer look.

leave a message

Meanwhile, the search for a motif for the Sagittarius of Las Vegas continues. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo confirmed Wednesday that Paddock had left a message in the hotel suite. "It's not a farewell letter. I can say that with a clear conscience," said Lombardo. This could be an indication that the 64-year-old did not want to die, but may have planned his escape.

He had sent his partner Marilou Danley to the Philippines with a plane ticket days before the attack. So that she could visit her family, Danley said in a statement Wednesday read by her lawyer. Paddock would also have sent her thousands of dollars to buy a house.

"At no point did I assume that he could harm anyone," said Danley. Rather, she feared that Paddock could part with her. "I am a mother and a grandmother and my heart breaks when I think of all those who have lost a loved one," said the woman.

"We don't know what she knew," said Steven Wolfson, Clark County's district attorney, "So I think there's a lot more to come in the next 48 hours."

According to Sheriff Lombardo, Paddock was "confused" and much in the past ten years of his life was a mystery. "We know that Stephen Paddock was a man who lived a secret life, much of which we can never fully understand," said the sheriff. (Frank Herrmann from Washington, October 5, 2017)