Vegas Killer Purchased Guns Legally, Used “Bump-Stock” To Create Automatic Fire

Before any information had been released about the shooter’s identity, or where and how he acquired the arsenal of 42 guns, 23 of which were eventually discovered in his hotel room, one Connecticut senator was already making headlines by exhorting Congress to “get off its ass” and pass gun-control legislation, officially marking the beginning of another contentious chapter in America’s perennial gun-control debate.

“This must stop,” Murphy said. “It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic.”


He added: “The thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.”

Meanwhile, the White House, warned lawmakers not to turn the shooting into a “political debate” about gun control before all the facts are in. This turned out to be a prescient, because, as the public later learned, it appears that Steve Paddock, the shooter, purchased his guns legally.

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Paddock, who was described by his brother as a millionaire real-estate investor, had no criminal history nor a history with mental illness. When purchasing guns from two licensed dealers earlier this year, Paddock passed federally mandated background checks. In an interview with NBC, the owner of a gun dealer where Paddock purchased weapons earlier this year said ATF agents had interviewed the employee who made the sale, and confirmed that the dealer had followed all legally necessary procedures before completing the sales.

David Familglietti of New Frontier said that Paddock purchased a rifle and a shotgun in the spring and that agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives interviewed the employee who handled the sale.


“The rifle was not fully automatic, and a shotgun isn’t capable of shooting from where he was,” Famiglietti told NBC News when asked whether it was possible that the guns were used in the mass shooting.


“He’s only shopped there once, so it wasn’t someone we knew personally,” he said.


“We’re very sad about the news of this tragedy. We’re in the business of selling firearms legally and took all precautions on this sale, as we do with all sales. My staff takes their job very seriously, and if there were any ‘red flags,’ the sale would have halted immediately.”

In other words, as much as lawmakers would like to feel like they’re taken action to prevent more deadly mass shootings, gun control “improvements” like mandating background checks for all gun sales – a proposal that was championed by Murphy and other Dems following last year’s shooting at the Pulse nightclub – wouldn’t have prevented Sunday’s night’s massacre.

Separately, the purchasing of fully automatic weapons has been significantly restricted in the U.S. since the 1930s, and was effectively outlawed in 1986 when the federal National Firearms Act was amended to further prohibit the transfer or possession of machine guns by civilians – though there’s an exception for weapons manufactured and registered before the law took effect. With a semi-automatic weapon, a shooter must pull the trigger once for each round fired. With a fully automatic firearm, pull the trigger once and the weapon will fire until the magazine is empty.

In Paddock’s case, tighter restrictions on gun sales likely wouldn’t have made a difference: He used a device called a “bump-stock” to convert semi-automatic rifles into automatic weapons, according to Bloomberg. The bump-stock device essentially replaces the gun’s shoulder rest, with a “support step” that covers the trigger opening. By holding the pistol grip with one hand and pushing forward on the barrel with the other, the shooter’s finger comes in contact with the trigger. The recoil causes the gun to buck back and forth, “bumping” the trigger.

Technically, that means the finger is pulling the trigger for each round fired, keeping the weapon a legal semi-automatic. Bump stocks, gat cranks and other types of weapons-modification tools exist in a legal grey area; they’re widely sold, but not strictly legal. Paddock had two bump stocks, according to investigators who spoke with the AP under the condition of anonymity.  

The devices have attracted scrutiny in recent years from authorities.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein has long railed against them. Several years ago, she told The Associated Press she was concerned about the emergence of new technologies that could retrofit firearms to make them fully automatic.


“This replacement shoulder stock turns a semi-automatic rifle into a weapon that can fire at a rate of 400 to 800 rounds per minute,” she said.

Police have yet to determine whether Paddock purchased the bump stocks legally or not.

Meanwhile, as NBC reports, a second firearms dealer – the owner of a shop called Guns & Guitars –  confirmed to the ATF that Paddock had passed federally mandated background checks.

Christopher Sullivan, general manager of Guns & Guitars, did not say what weapons Paddock, who lived in Mesquite, had bought.


“All necessary background checks and procedures were followed, as required by local, state, and federal law. He never gave any indication or reason to believe he was unstable or unfit at any time,” Sullivan said in a statement.


“We are currently cooperating with the ongoing investigation by local and federal law enforcement in any way we can,” he said, adding, “We mourn for this tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the lost and injured.”


At least three other gun shops and ranges in the Las Vegas area said they had been in contact with law enforcement about Paddock but declined to discuss any purchases or visits he made.

Because the federal gun-sales tracing system is woefully out of date, it could be days before authorities determine the provenance of all 23 weapons in Paddock’s arsenal.

After the Pulse shooting, Democratic lawmakers staged a series of sit-ins and other demonstrations meant to draw attention to their push to pass gun control. However, the gun-control measures they were pushing ultimately failed. Already, some lawmakers are demanding another gun-control bill, before police have even determined how Paddock acquired his arsenal. During the shooting, which occurred late Sunday night, Paddock killed nearly 60 people, and injured more than 500, when he started firing from a window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort and casino, at a distance of more than 1,200 feet from his targets – about the length of the Empire State building.


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  1. I do NOT care WHAT is “put out” by the crooked people in the FBI..I am a firm believer this person had OUTSIDE HELP from somewhere to smuggle all those weapons and ammo up to the 32nd floor through all the security that was present before the concert. I also believe that the “cover-ups” will start and the DEMOCOMMIES will come out raging about MORE “gun control” again. (like they ALWAYS DO) EVIL DOERS will ALWAYS “find a way” no matter how many LAWS are written.

  2. Background checks for Citizens, but NONE for people wanting to come into this country from nations specifically blocked because of no ability to do any kind of a background check?

  3. What does it matter if this sick man passed all the criteria to purchase guns. He killed 59 ( maybe more) innocent people. Maybe there’s something wrong with the criteria.
    Giving access to the mentally ill was just made easier a couple of months ago.
    Not all states have background checks. You can purchase a gun online or at a gun show with no background checks.
    Again, so what if this killer bought his guns “legally”. How many have been bought illegally. How many are bought in states ( like Nevada) that don’t need gun permits to buy a gun.
    What about the conversion pieces that will change a semi to an automatic.
    Do you even use a semi to hunt? If you don’t, what’s the necessity.
    Gun silencers? Why?
    Where is the NRA that taught you as children years ago how to use a gun. Where is the safety lessons they used to give.
    Like so much in our current lives – it’s all about money. And the NRA has become very greedy.
    Your purchase is more valued than your life.
    We have to address gun violence NOW otherwise it may be YOUR child who’s being buried in the next shooting.

    1. WRONG!!!! You are subject to the exact same Federal Laws whether you buy at a gun show, on line, or at a shop. You can not ship a fire arm interstate, except t licensed dealer, then you have to pick it up there.

  4. It amazes me how American Citizens fall into line like cattle to a trough! This massacre, did not take place the way it has been perceived, this man was some 1200 yards from that crowd, as terrible as it was, he wasn’t capable of those types of hits! A trained sniper would have trouble with that precision! The self described global elitists know that without the United States citizens being disarmed they can’t move forward with their aspirations of global control. They want us to be completely vulnerable, so they can round us up, and haul us to concentration camps! This massacre was deliberately made to seem like a “Lone-Wolf” attack! This just perfectly fits their agenda, and it is blatantly obvious! A white male, with money, an intelligent, capable, though possibly insane, right-wing, domestic terrorist, taking multiple rifles up to his hotel room, with thousands of rounds of ammunition, video equipment, built hutnting platforms, and video cameras, and nobody saw anything suspicious? Are you F-ing, kidding? How stupid do you NWO aspirers think we are? Every NRA member knows, how impossible that would be, undetected! We have 5- million members thrown in the same category as this guy? It’s all too perfect! So, George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, Bill Ayers, Eric Holder, James Kilgore, and Barrack Hussein Obama, better get back to the left-wing bat cave, and rethink this strategy because it doesn’t hold water!

    1. your right I herd a lady said someone told the people that they wood be kill also a video on u-tube show flashes like gun fire on 4 floor flash at same time as noies i saw it they said he kill him self then they said he shot a cop also i here he had some book from hate group i think they call it aftha some thing like that

  5. What the law makers don’t understand is the making more laws will not keep criminals from getting guns. They will still buy or build their own, so the laws are a waist of time. There are crazy people out there and its like stupid, you can’t fix stupid and you can’t stop some one from going crazy. There is no way to stop people from going over the edge and doing something like this. Wake up America you can’t stop this from happening.

  6. Here we go again!! Progressive, liberal Democrats will jump at anything like this to try to take guns away from law abiding Americans who have no intention of committing a heinous crime such as was perpetrated in Las Vegas against innocents! They just can’t help themselves. I believe it was Raum Emanual who said they should never let a crisis go to waste and they sure aren’t going to let this pass by without trying to use it to impose gun control on everyone. It is a shameful display of Liberal intolerance to the Second Amendment. That 59 people have died so far and 500 injured isn’t bad enough, Progressives are using this situation for political gain! Shame, shame, shame!!

  7. Rob Waddell The gunman was not twelve hundred yards from the crowd,he was twelve hundred feet from the crowd,that is a big difference,at that range he would only have to shoot at the crowd,he fired hundreds of rounds in the dark,a perfect aim was not necessary at that range,the biggest problem is people are not being vigilant,we have been warned not to congregate in large crowds,we are at war like it or not,inside or outside,its time to wake up realize everything has changed,and every place could be in danger.—–Jim Hunt

  8. Here’s the cliche….once again: “Guns don’t kill. People do!!”
    Evil, where it exists, lives in the heart ond soul of human beings, but never in inanimate objects- no matter how one views it.
    And, as we all know by now, the killer did nothing illegal in his purchasing power, only in his later behavior. My father had almost as many guns as did this psycho jerk. However, the difference was that my father never, never killed, or even aimed a gun at an animal, much less a human being.
    Put the blame where the blame solely belongs: in the hands of evil psychologically demented, confused, and just plain mean and souless things masquerading as human beings. GO!

  9. Fact:
    On the day of his installment the very first act that Adolph Hitler performed as Chancellor of Germany was the issue of confiscation of all firearms and ammunition for the “public safety”.
    “Those who would give up freedom for security, will never have, nor do they DESERVE EITHER ONE!” Benjamin Franklin

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