Congress Refuses to Enact Gun Law Giving the Mandate to ATF

Handgun lying over a copy of the United States constitution and the American flag.

In the wake of the deadliest shooting in modern America, you would think that Congress would be quick to enact the law on gun control. Sadly, that is not the case as efforts to ban gadgets known as ‘bump stocks’ have come to a screeching halt.

Bump stock is a gun attachment that allows shooters to fire a semi-automatic weapon nearly at the same rate as automatic rifles. This gadget is believed to be what the Las Vegas killer might have used to turn his rifles into machine guns.

Five days after Stephen Paddock opened fire at a concert in Las Vegas, the National Rifle Association agreed on a tighter regulation for bump stocks, but chances of this happening are quickly diminishing into thin air as no legislation on gun control has gained momentum in Congress in years. The pro-gun movement gave the approval on gun control in the form of additional regulations in the shock of many Americans.

The ATF has in the past written letters to explain the current gun laws; The Gun Control Act of 1968 and The National Firearms Act of 1934 do not provide enough breathing room for the bureau to regulate gun attachments.

In essence, their hands are tied and not much can be done about it considering the fact that Congress hasn’t passed a gun law in ten years; something that Adam Winkler, a professor at UCLA terms as a delay tactic.

“When the NRA says that the ATF should look into bump stock is like saying they are doing something but in truth they are not,” he says.

This is because the NRA has opposed each piece of legislation the lawmakers have introduced so far. It will be interesting how this debate will go the coming weeks.