YouTube Bans Bumpstock How-To Videos Following Las Vegas Attack

(Pat Fillows)

YouTube has decided to ban videos showing how to modify semi-automatic rifles with a bump stock following reports that the deadly attacks in Las Vegas were perpetrated using bump stocks.

A bump stock is designed to increases the number of bullets fired by using recoil to replicate an automatic fire.

Bump stocks are currently, and have been, legal in the U.S. but have come under heavy scrutiny since their use was tied to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Prior to this week YouTube users could upload instructional videos demonstrating how to add the modification to a rifle through its platform.

Now YouTube, a Google owned company, has banned these videos and updated its guidelines.

“We have long had a policy against harmful and dangerous content,” a spokesman for YouTube said. “In the wake of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, we have taken a closer look at videos that demonstrate how to convert firearms to make them fire more quickly and we’ve expanded our existing policy to prohibit these videos.”

The previous policy had only prohibited material that could encourage or incite violence.