What’s the bump fire stock that Las Vegas killer may have used?
According to a report from the British news outlet the Daily Mail, photos of two of the weapons recovered from the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino from where Paddock fired into the crowd below indicate that two were “semi-automatic weapons, with one having a ‘bump stock’ added to make it fully automatic. Fully-automatic weapons allow the shooter to unleash bullet after bullet simply by holding down the trigger.”
News reports point out that such a device would enable Paddock, to to fire hundreds of rounds per minute into the crowd, a capability that could prove to be a defining factor in how one shooter could kill and injure so many people in such a short period of time. One of the guns in the photo also had an over-sized magazine attached so Paddock would not have had to pause to refill ammunition as often.
The other weapon, according to news reports, has branding that shows it was made by Daniel Defense, a Savannah, Georgia-based company which produces variants of the AR-15 rifle, originally created for the American military. That weapon also has a bi-pod attached for stability and a telescopic lens for accuracy.