Photos were released yesterday of two rifles found on the floor of Stephen Paddock’s 32nd floor Mandalay Bay hotel room. One of which was equipped with a bump fire stock which simulates full-auto fire. Now the ATF has confirmed that among the 23 guns found in the room, a dozen of them had been fitted with bump fire stocks.
Twelve bump fire stocks were found on firearms recovered from Paddock’s hotel room, said Jill Snyder, the special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ San Francisco field office.
Snyder said authorities are still determining which firearms were used in the shooting.
The ATF had determined that bump fire stocks are legal firearm accessories for semi-automatic rifles about six years ago and they’ve been widely available from various manufacturers ever since.
In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre and the new national attention on what once were, as our own Nick Leghorn called them, gimmicky range toys, could the ATF’s opinion on the legality of bump fire stocks change in the days and weeks ahead? As the Magic 8-Ball divines…