Paul Ryan on bump stock: ‘A regulatory fix is the smartest, quickest fix’ (VIDEO)
By Andrew Shepperson
House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke out on the bump stock issue on Wednesday, urging the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to move forward with a regulatory review on the devices.
“We are still trying to understand why the ATF let this go through in the first place,” the Wisconsin Republican said at a press conference. “So, what happened on the regulatory side to allow this to occur in the first place, and that is something that we’re both trying to assess.”
“We think the regulatory fix is the smartest, quickest fix, and I’d frankly like to know how it happened in the first place,” Ryan added.
The gunman used rifles equipped with the bump stocks to rain bullets down on a country music festival in Las Vegas earlier this month, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more. Democrats and some GOP members have since filed legislation to ban the devices, which allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic full auto fire.
In 2010, the ATF classified bump stocks as attachments and ruled they did not violate regulations in the National Firearms Act or the Gun Control Act.
“The stock has no automatically functioning mechanical parts or springs and performs no automatic mechanical function when installed,” John