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Demand for 'bump stocks' way up after Vegas shooting, bipartisan talk

Demand for 'bump stocks' way up after Vegas shooting, bipartisan talk”

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 5: A bump stock device (right), that fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed, making it similar to a fully automatic rifle, is shown next to a AK-47 semi-automatic rifle (left) at a gun store on October 5, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He said it'd make a lot of sense to get rid of it. "That's when there's a huge flood of people who have to have them".

Democratic US Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced a bill on Wednesday that would outlaw bump stocks and other devices that, as she put it, "easily and cheaply modify legal weapons into what are essentially machine guns".

"I didn't even know what they were until this week", he said.

"We sold the last one yesterday", said Sonny Smith of Garrett's Sports Center & Archery on Eighth Street.

ABC10 spoke to several local gun shops to find out if bump stocks are sold in the Sacramento area and how often the pieces are used by owners of firearms.

Meridian Gun and Pawn declined to comment.

News of sold-out bump-fire stocks comes in the wake of the talk of bump stocks potentially being banned. Major stores like Walmart and Cabela's have since removed them from their websites, but they are still available on a number of retail and auction websites at significantly higher prices. Because of the immediate demand, they are now selling for $500 or more on some internet auction sites. A bump stock essentially is a spring, which operates similar to shocks on a vehicle.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said a ban is "clearly something we need to look into" following the deadly tragedy.

In a statement, the NRA wrote it "believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations".

After it was revealed Paddock likely used bump stocks during the massacre, the NRA and Trump Administration both said they were open to the idea of regulating the pieces. He had 12 rifles outfitted with bump stocks among the arsenal of weapons in his hotel room.

For anyone who's seen and heard any video footage of the Las Vegas mass shooting, one of the most chilling parts of the horrifying moments is the sound.

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) said he wants to take "everything under consideration" in light of the tragedy in Las Vegas.



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