Bump Stocks: What They Are, What They Do

Since the Las Vegas attack stories about bump stocks have become legion, but questions remain–basic questions like what are bump stocks? and what do they do?

Some reports actually claim the devices “enable automatic fire” (CBS News) while some pundits claim evidence suggests a bump stock allows a person to “convert [a semiautomatic] into an automatic weapon (Newt Gingrich). Such misconceptions and/or misinformation  fuel calls for a ban on the devices.

But the devices DO NOT convert a semiautomatic rifle into an automatic one. This is the first and most important point to understand.

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