Why were bump stocks banned?

Washington. After the mass murder in Las Vegas, US President Donald Trump is considering a ban on rapid-fire devices that fire semi-automatic weapons almost as quickly as machine guns. "We will check that in the next, short time," he said according to CNN on Thursday (local time) when asked by a journalist.

Previously, even the influential gun lobby NRA had spoken out in favor of imposing "additional restrictions" on the device, which gun owners can attach themselves. The gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas used what are known as bump stocks.

The "National Rifle Association" has in the past always opposed any restrictions on personal weapon possession. Trump had assured his support: "You are my friends, believe me," he said at the end of April as a speaker at a congress in the gun lobby. "You have stood up for me, I will stand up for you."

Critics therefore accuse the NRA of only being open to restrictions on bump stocks in order to prevent a more fundamental tightening of gun law. The lobby gave in its message after the bloody act accordingly a rejection. Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also said it was too early for a debate on generally stricter gun law. Too little is known about the crime.

Members of the Congress had been open to a ban on the conversion device. According to the investigators, the Las Vegas assassin used one of the freely available and legal conversion devices on Monday night. It could fire up to 900 rounds per minute. He killed at least 58 people and himself. The search for a motive continues. (dpa)