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Report: Rep Curbelo Introducing Bill to Ban Bump Stocks

Report: Rep Curbelo Introducing Bill to Ban Bump Stocks
This bump stock uses the recoil of the semi-automatic rifle to let the finger "bump" the trigger, making it more similar to a fully automatic machine gun, which are illegal for most civilians to own. (Allen G. Breed/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 04 October 2017 08:37 PM

A House Republican on Wednesday said he plans to introduce a bipartisan bill to ban bump stocks, a device used by the Las Vegas shooter who killed 58 people and injured at least 489 in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, The Hill reported.

Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., has gathered bipartisan support, with Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis.,  and Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., Dina Titus,  and D-Nev., Bill Flores, R-Texas, all on board.

Feinstein several years ago told the Associated Press she was concerned about the emergence of new technologies that could retrofit firearms to make them fully automatic.

"This replacement shoulder stock turns a semi-automatic rifle into a weapon that can fire at a rate of 400 to 800 rounds per minute," she said.

Gunman Stephen Paddock late Sunday shot people at a country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. He had two bump stocks, a device that can be used to convert semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic ones. A semi-automatic weapon requires one trigger pull for each round fired, while one trigger pull on a fully automatic firearm can unleash continuous rounds until the magazine is empty.

"The fact that fully automatic weapons are already illegal and this makes another weapon capable [of automatic fire], I would be supportive of that," Johnson told The Hill.

Added Flores: "I think they should be banned. There's no reason for a typical gun owner to own anything that converts a semi-automatic to something that behaves like an automatic."

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A House Republican on Wednesday said he plans to introduce a bipartisan bill to ban bump stocks, a device used by the Las Vegas shooter who killed 58 people and injured at least 515 in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, The Hill reported.
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