The horrific mass murder in Las Vegas has introduced many people to the bump stock.

The bump stock has only been around since 2010, but the reason it is on the market is because the Obama administration approved it.

When ATF looked at the design they rightly said, “It’s an accessory, not a gun.”

As a result, millions have been manufactured without serial numbers, which means they will never be regulated without mass confiscation.

Now Congress is introducing legislation to regulate them.  This is ridiculous.  As this video shows, you do not need the device to get the same effect:

The Federalist Papers Project reported:

“The gunman in the horrific Las Vegas attack this past weekend had a total of 47 firearms at the hotel room, and at his home in Nevada. Several of the weapons were able to be fired in fully-automatic mode (which he did), and several of them had a cosmetic feature known as a bump-stock.

The bump-stock is a device that allows a user to harness the firearm’s recoil to depress the trigger more quickly, and thus obtain a higher rate of fire.

However, it is still not a fully automatic weapon, even if equipped with this kind of stock, because a full depression of the trigger is still required to fire off a round, and only one round can be fired per trigger press.

The bump-stock is not a very common device, as only a few companies actually manufacture it.

During the first couple of years of its existence, there were questions as to the stock’s legality, if it was a device that de facto made a semi-automatic firearm into a fully automatic firearm.

However, back in 2010, President Obama’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives issued a statement saying that the stock was legal and did not constitute an illegal modification.”

That’s right, it was the Obama administration that approved the bump stock.

CNS News reported:

On June 7, 2010 — about a year and a half into the Barack Obama administration — the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issued an opinion letter, giving the go-ahead to an after-market accessory that allows the user to “bump fire” a semi-automatic rifle.

A company called Slide Fire had earlier sent its patented replacement shoulder stock to ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch, asking for an evaluation of the device.

The ATF, in reply, wrote: “Your letter advises that the stock (referenced in this reply as a ‘bump stock’) is intended to assist persons whose hands have limited mobility to ‘bump fire’ an AR-15 type rifle.”

The device replaces the factory stock and grip. The replacement stock moves back and forth with the gun’s recoil, allowing it to fire rapidly and continuously as the trigger repeatedly is bumped into the shooter’s finger. A switch allows the user to select semi-automatic fire (one shot for each trigger pull) or the more rapid “bump fire.”

According to the ATF’s June 2010 letter: “The stock has no automatically functioning mechanical parts or springs and performs no automatic mechanical function when installed.”

In order to use the device, the shooter must apply constant forward pressure with the non-shooting hands and constant rearward pressure with the shooting hand. Accordingly, we find that the ‘bump stock’ is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under the Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act.”

The company also notes, “By definition, our current rifle stocks are not adjustable stocks or trigger manipulation devices.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein, an incessant opponent of the right to bear arms, plans to introduce legislation to close what she calls the “automatic weapon loophole.”

The claim that it is a part of a “loophole” is a blatantly disingenuous idea that displays willful ignorance of how firearms operate.

By the way Senator, one should not put their finger on the trigger until they are ready to shoot.