Bump Stocks should not be restricted

Bump stocks are used to increase fire in various weapons including rifles, pistols and machine guns. Bump stocks were owned by more than 520,000 people.

Bump stocks are used to increase fire in various weapons including rifles, pistols and machine guns. Bump stocks were owned by more than 520,000 people.

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After the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017, in which a gunman, who was later identified as Stephen Paddock, used a bump stock to rain gunfire down from a hotel room, killing 58 people and injuring more at a country music festival, the Washington post reported that the Trump administration would be reexamining the legality of bump stocks.

Bump stocks or bump fire stocks are gun stocks that can be used to assist in bump firing. Bump fire is the act of using the recoil of a semi-automatic firearm to fire shots in rapid succession at the cost of accuracy of individual shots.

Paddock, who owned an arsenal of 47 pistols, shotguns and rifles, legally purchased the gun that he used in the shooting, which alarmed the world, launching concerns that more people could obtain firearms and successfully pull off the same event.

While states like California and New York have limits to how often people can purchase weapons, Nevada, where Paddock lived, does not have limits, nor is a buyer required to have a permit to buy a gun. All states should be required to have more limits on guns, but shouldn’t be allowed to just go out and purchase guns for no reason. If sellers just ask the purchasers if they want to purchase a weapon to do harm or put others at risk, it would be easy for people to lie and say that they will not use the gun to do harm to a crowd of people.

The Trump administration imposed the bump stock ban Dec. 18, which banned the sale or possession of the devices under a new interpretation of existing law. Americans who owned bump stocks had 90 days to destroy their devices or turn them in to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The 90 days ended March 26, which will reclassify bump stocks as machine guns and furthermore restrict the purchase and sale of such devices.

Bump stocks sold at retail for just under $200, and since over 500,000 people purchased bump stocks since 2010, $100 million have been ordered to be destroyed, which is a complete waste of money. The Trump administration is not reimbursing those who spent their money to purchase the bump stocks, they are simply telling buyers to stop purchasing them and throw away a couple hundred dollars of their hard earned money.

The imposed ban did not stop gun owners who use the device. Reports have stated that the sales of such devices have risen since the imposition of the ban. Many people will not be burning, destroying or turning in their purchased device to the authorities.

“The Review Journal” said that the Supreme Court continues to let the ban take effect even though it violated constitutional rights. The ban punished everyone in the country for the activity of one person in Las Vegas, who the FBI said had, “severe undiagnosed mental health problems,” and was most likely acting from his health problem. Most people in the U.S. do not have mental health problems, like the Trump administration might think.

This law is a bad thing. Why would lawmakers punish everyone in the country for the actions of a single person? The Supreme Court refused to revise the law, and raised questions like this from many gun rights activists from around the world and will likely raise more.

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