Walmart and Cabela's pull 'bump stocks' from online shopping websites
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) —
A bump stock is something most people haven't heard of until this week.
But following the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, it's now become the center of attention, with some online retailers pulling the device from their websites.
Police found bump stocks on firearms inside the hotel room Stephen Paddock was in when he opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas.
These legal devices are designed in a way that essentially gives rifles the ability to fire off more rounds at a quicker rate.
Since Sunday night's tragedy, the device has become a hot commodity, with one gun store owner telling Channel 7 they're pretty much sold out nationwide.
In fact, popularity has grown so much that slide fire, the company that makes bump stocks, says on their website they're “temporarily suspending taking new orders in order to provide the best service with those already placed.”
But elsewhere online, major retailers are disassociating themselves from the product altogether.
Walmart sent Channel 7 this statement saying "these items, which were sold by third-party sellers on our online marketplace, violate our prohibited items policy and never should have been sold on our site. The items are being removed immediately."
Cabela's an outdoor recreation retailer recently bought out by bass pro shops, took bump stocks off their website, and Amazon says those items are on their prohibited listing.
But with the discussion of gun regulation looming, the NRA says bump stocks should be subject to additional regulations and calls on the federal government to see whether bump stocks comply with the law.
Twelve of the guns in Paddock's room that night were equipped with those bump stocks.
The product is legal to purchase.