Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 32° Partly Cloudy
News >  Nation

Ryan says bump stocks should be addressed by regulation

A little-known device called a “bump stock” is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in South Jordan, Utah. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)
A little-known device called a “bump stock” is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in South Jordan, Utah. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)
Associated Press

WASHINGTON – House Speaker Paul Ryan says bump stocks – devices that can effectively turn semi-automatic rifles into fully automated weapons – should be addressed through a regulatory change.

The devices have drawn attention because they were found among the arsenal of the killer in the Las Vegas massacre.

Legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate to ban their use. But Ryan says addressing the issue by regulation instead would be “the smartest, quickest fix.”

He also questioned why the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives approved the use of bump stocks in the first place. That happened under the Obama administration.

Bump stocks can fit onto semi-automatic rifles and allow them to fire much more quickly, mimicking fire from fully automatic weapons – which are illegal.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.