Regulators have flip-flopped on legality of some bump stocks

In this Oct. 14, 2014 photo, Bill Akins speaks during a Pasco Planning Commission hearing, in New Port Richey, Fla. Akins was the first to file a patent for an attachment to a semiautomatic rifle that would enable it to fire bullets at a rate approximating that of an automatic weapon. Authorities said the Las Vegas shooter had a dozen similar devices, known as “bump stocks,” in his hotel room. (Andy Jones/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

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