Efforts to regulate and ban bump stocks gaining support


Interest in bump stocks has surged in the days since the Las Vegas shooting.

Many gun owners are rushing to buy bump stocks as a bipartisan effort to ban them gains steam in Congress.

On Thursday afternoon, the NRA endorsed tighter restrictions on devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire like automatic ones.

Josh Felker has been shooting guns for more than 20 years.

He says bump stock devices have been around since the year 2000.

But they weren’t widely known until Stephen Paddock used them in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.

"On the bump stock system it uses the recoil of the rifle and the stock,” said Felker. “As it's firing its kind of making the gun go back and forth which basically makes you pull the trigger a little bit faster."

A bump stock device can be attached to a rifle by changing out the grip

Many describe the gunfire from the Las Vegas shooting like it was coming from a machine gun

But Felker points out some notable differences between the two.

“A lot of it has to do with the reliability on the machine gun,” said Felker. “The bump stock is not as reliable."

Felker says accuracy for the bump stock is also an issue.

On average, Felker says he has about 1500 shooters come through his range each month.

But he'll only see two or three of these bump stock devices during that span.

"It's a novelty item,” said Felker. “It's not really considered by anyone to be a serious upgrade for a rifle."

Felker says the demand for these devices has gone up since the shooting.

Bump stocks would normally cost anywhere from a $100 to $300.

Now they're he says they’re becoming more scarce and running upwards of $400 to $600.

There are already several bills crafted related to a bump-stock ban.

The White House says President Trump is open to talks.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking republican in the Senate, told reporters Wednesday that trigger accelerators are "something that i think bears looking into…and i believe that once the investigation is complete and we learn all aspects of what contributed to this event, then we should have a hearing and look into it."

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