Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks, background checks

Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks, background checks

Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks, background checks
© Greg Nash

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on rules regulating firearm accessories and the national background check system in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Las Vegas. 

Sen. Chuck Grassley's (R-Iowa) office announced on Tuesday that they will hold a hearing in one week on "firearm accessory regulation and enforcing federal and state reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)."

The formal announcement comes after a spokesman for the Iowa Republican told The Hill on Monday that the Senate panel would hold a hearing on bump stocks, a device that can simulate automatic gunfire with a semi-automatic weapon.

Lawmakers have honed in on bump stocks after a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas, where nearly 60 people were killed and more than 500 others were injured. 

Authorities have said a dozen of the rifles used by the suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, had been modified with bump stocks.

Meanwhile, senators are also mulling legislation to try to strengthen NICS in the wake of this week's shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Devin Kelley, the identified gunman, received a “bad conduct” discharge from the Air Force after being court-martialed on a domestic violence charge. Kelley’s court-martial conviction should have been reported to the FBI’s database and could have made it harder for him to purchase a gun legally.

But Air Force officials on Monday said the Holloman Air Force Base Office of Special Investigation did not enter Kelley’s information into the system.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said earlier Tuesday that he will introduce legislation to strengthen information sharing with NICS.

And Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are working on legislation to require that the military report domestic violence convictions to the national background check system.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, separately told reporters that he will hold a hearing on the Air Force's failure to report the conviction to the background check system, according to Stars and Stripes.

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Comment by DTOM on November 10, 2017 at 8:14am

@Ozymandius

Misleading videos?

In what way?

Most folks on 12160 have the intelligence to extrapolate points that are raised in this fashion - only you it seems required an detailed explanation.

In what way were these videos misleading?

Personal monetary gain? - From several Youtube videos, posted by different users over a period of years?

Oh look, an ad hominem attack.

if they do not support the authors position or point, TAKE THEM DOWN! - so what you are saying is that every comment or observation posted on 12160 by members must be in line with the author of the source article?

Most 12160 members are aware that every piece of gun legislation since NFA 1934 and is illegal and unconstitutional.

As for your demand that those videos / comments be removed - are you trolling, or are you just inherently stupid?

Comment by bananaman on November 10, 2017 at 2:46am

jesus woot, i wish i'd read that before i bought one on ebay

Comment by ĦƟǁÿWʘʘt! on November 9, 2017 at 7:57pm

Shiiiot, now ya gotta carry clips, Ammo AND,.... gas, a file, two-stroke oil, a screwdriver/spark plug wrench, and chain bar oil. .....Fallen trees will be tempting ;)

Comment by Diana on November 9, 2017 at 7:47pm

Firearm accessories like this?  (USA Today Ruger AR-556)

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Comment by Ozymandius on November 9, 2017 at 12:04pm

If you're well aware of it, why don't you say so before you publish misleading videos? Your imprecision just adds to the chaos that is the dialogue on guns and self-defense. Maybe you're trying to get views on these videos for monetary gain, I don't know, but if they do not support the authors position or point, TAKE THEM DOWN! This article is about bump-stocks and background checks.

Comment by DTOM on November 9, 2017 at 11:52am

@Ozymandius

I am well aware of what both bumpfiring and a bumpfire stock is.

I am also aware of the contents of the June 2010 ATF approval letter - https://www.slidefire.com/downloads/BATFE.pdf

Although I doubt that many who purchase bump or stabilizing brace stocks have limited mobility.

I assumed it was quite clear that I was making the point that the process of bumpfiring a semi-automatic can be achieved both without the assistance of an add-on external device and more successfully with a commonly found household item.

Bumpfire stocks may have been alleged to have been found in Paddock's hotel room.

Whether they were employed in the Las Vegas event is debatable.

Comment by Ozymandius on November 9, 2017 at 11:23am

Sorry folks, this not a bump-fire stock. This a technique used to rapid fire a standard semi-auto. This only illustrates the ignorance and hype associated with firearms in general. A bump-fire stock is a stock that replaces a standard collapsible stock for use by handicapped people which was approved by the BATFE in 2012. https://www.bumpfiresystems.com/product/ar-15/ Please read the approval letter. This is not what was used at Las Vegas. Bump stocks are cumbersome and fire at irregular speeds. The videos below use recoil to simulate full auto not bumps stocks. See for yourself.

Comment by DTOM on November 9, 2017 at 6:39am

Are they going to ban rubber bands too?

What about belt loops?

Real men can bump fire from the shoulder...

Try banning that...

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