Malta Reacts To Las Vegas Mass Shooting With New Arms Act Amendment
The legal notice specifically mentions bump-stocks
While the US continues to discuss gun control, Malta has decided to clamp down on any loopholes which may lead to deadly mass shootings like the recent massacre in Las Vegas.
In a recent Legal Notice, Malta has amended the Arms Act, outlawing "any non-essential component or accessory intended specifically to increase the rate of semi-automatic or other firearms, such as but not limited to, bump-stocks."
So what are bump stocks, and how is this move related to the Las Vegas mass shooting?
A bump-stock is a device attached to a semi-automatic rifle to give it rapid-fire capabilities. But it doesn't just increase speed; bump stocks increase firing rate to a speed which would otherwise be impossible for the gun to achieve.
On the 1st of October, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock fired from his Las Vegas hotel room on a crowd of 22,000 concert-goers below, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more. The incident is the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the United States.
Investigations revealed Paddock had affixed bump stocks to at least 12 of the 23 firearms recovered from his room.
Bump stocks are a relatively recent product, and were only cleared as legal devices by the US Federal Government in 2010. The founder of Slide Fire, the most prominent bump stock manufacturer, has previously said he created the devices to simulate automatic fire, and that his product was meant for recreational purposes.