VERIFY: Did Las Vegas gunman use automatic weapon?

VERIFY: Did Las Vegas gunman use automatic weapon?

VERIFY: Did Las Vegas gunman use automatic weapon?

The firearms were recovered from three different locations - the gunman Stephen Paddock's room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas and at his homes in Mesquite, Nev., and outside Reno.

'This suggests another possibility: that a weapon could have been modified to fire faster, a change to a semiautomatic firearms known as bump or slide fire, ' writes The New York Times.

And despite federal limits, it is relatively easy for someone in Nevada to make a semi-automatic rifle fire like an automatic weapon. With a fully automatic firearm, one trigger pull can unleash continuous rounds until the magazine is empty.

Thousands of "grandfathered" weapons - those manufactured and registered before 1986 - can still be bought, but they are very expensive and all sales must be approved by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). "Again, could it be the bump fire?"

These devices can be purchased online or from a manufacturer, and prices can range from $50 to several hundred dollars each. "A federal law enforcement official said that AR-15-style rifles were among them", The Times noted.

"Individuals that suffer from severe arthritis, partial paralysis, or other conditions that affect their ability to traditionally operate a firearm can now utilize the SSAR-15 and the muscular strength in their entire arm to active the firing mechanism", the manufacturer said on its website.

USA Today reported that there were more than 10 shots fired per second. This device, which is legal to buy, automates the trigger pull process and allows shooters to fire at a rate of 400 to 800 rounds per minute.

Attached to a dozen of the weapons were "bump stocks", a product that is not new or illegal.

"This is something that works around and circumvents our laws", Gagliano told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day".

But that is besides the point here - given the pathetic impotency of Congress and the vast power of the gun lobby, a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons as well as automatic ones is nothing more than a pipe-dream. "None of this ends unless we do something to stop it". Feinstein said. "Why can't we keep a weapon from becoming a military battlefield weapon?" Ed Turner, a former police officer who owns a gun shop in Stockbridge, Georgia, said he's seeing a run on bump stocks since the shooting.

"We need to broaden this to make sure it's covered", Lesser said. Jon Tester, D-Montana. This rate of 500 rounds per minute is nearly equivalent to that of a machine gun (a M-16 has reached about 700 shots/minute).

"There are a number of ways to do it", he said.

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