The gun industry is putting public safety at risk by manufacturing extremely lethal firearms designed to skirt the federal laws established to keep us safe
WASHINGTON D.C. — After bump stocks made the Las Vegas mass shooting the deadliest in American history, Giffords unveiled a new report highlighting extremely lethal firearms and devices, like bump stocks, that are being marketed by gun manufacturers. The report released today includes nine examples of firearms and devices currently on the market that are not classified as registered weapons. Because these weapons are not subject to the additional regulation and oversight under the National Firearms Act (NFA)—which includes a mandatory background check—they can easily end up in the hands of criminals and endanger the public.
You can view the report here.
Giffords—the gun violence organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut, Captain Mark Kelly—are calling on Congress to update federal gun laws so these accessories can’t turn a firearm into a military-style weapon.
“Before bump stocks were used to kill 58 people and maim hundreds of others enjoying an outdoor concert, most Americans had never heard of the device,” said David Chipman, former ATF Special Agent. “Now there is a growing cry from communities across the nation to make sure bump stocks can’t fall into the hands of another dangerous person. But it’s not the only device gun manufacturers are pushing that can give someone the firepower of a machine gun. Congress has the responsibility to look forward not just backward. It’s time for them to show courage and leadership by drawing a line in the sand and saying they will defend the safety of Americans over an industry trying to line its pockets.”
Bump stocks are attached to a semi-automatic rifle, increasing the rate of fire to nearly that of a machine gun. Las Vegas proved that gun accessories can be used to threaten public safety. While certain kinds of categories of firearms—like machine guns—are registered under the NFA, modern devices like bump stocks have been built to evade the NFA’s requirements.
Giffords previously released a framework for how Congress can address bump stocks. You can read that here. The main points of the framework are:
Banning the future manufacturing of bump stocks;
Banning the transfer of bump stocks in current circulation from one person to another;
Requiring existing bump stocks that are already in circulation to be registered to their current owner under the National Firearms Act;
Dedicating additional resources to ATF to enforce our nation’s gun laws and deal with a surge in NFA weapons applications;
Requiring gun stores to report multiple sales of all firearms, not just handguns, to ATF.
Related Resources from Giffords:
Release: Giffords Applauds Massachusetts Legislature for Advancing Bill to Ban Bump Stocks [November 3, 2017]
Release: Federal Action to Address Bump Stocks Stalls, Gun Safety Advocates Call on State Legislators to Lead the Way [November 1, 2017]
Release: Giffords Releases Framework for Congress to Reduce Gun Violence in the Aftermath of the Las Vegas Shooting [October 5, 2017]
Giffords is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives from gun violence. Led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, Giffords inspires the courage of people from all walks of life to make America safer.