NRA calls for bump stock review in wake of Las Vegas shooting

Joann Johnston
October 6, 2017

Moderate Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida announced Thursday that he's working on a bipartisan bill to ban bump stocks with Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of MA, a rising star in his party.

The NRA is asking federal law enforcement agencies to immediately review whether "bump stocks" comply with federal law.

Demand for Slide Fire Bump Stocks are up in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting. The killer in Las Vegas apparently used the legal bump stock devices on legal rifles, essentially converting them into automatic weapons, which are banned.

Bump stocks are legal gun modifications which make legal semi-automatic guns fire nearly like illegal automatic weapons.

- The Las Vegas gunman modified several of his semi-automatic weapons using what are called bump stocks, basically turning them into fully automatic guns.

News 3 spoke with a local gun store owner to get a further explanation of how the devices work.

Reports indicate two of the devices were found on weapons in the hotel room of the shooter, Stephen Paddock.

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Other lawmakers from the GOP, traditionally the pro-gun, NRA-backed party, said they were open to such a legislation.

Normally it can take the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives five to six days to trace a gun used in a crime back to the original buyer, a Justice Department official said.

Craig Baenziger, a manager at Northeast Trading Company in North Attleboro, told the Herald that bump stocks could easily be handmade out of PVC and that his shop has never sold them.

Feinstein, the original author of the nation's assault weapons ban, called the existence of bump stocks a loophole.

Georgia's other Republican senator, Johnny Isakson, says in part that he believes we need common sense solutions that keep all Americans safe without infringing on our Constitutional rights. They're legal and originally were meant to help people with limited hand mobility fire a semi-automatic without the individual trigger pulls required.

US President Donald Trump has not yet weighed in on the debate, avoiding talking about stricter gun laws in the aftermath on the shooting.

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