South Carolina lawmakers want to ban bump stocks for rifles after Las Vegas shooting

Bump Stocks (WCIV)

Lawmakers across the country and here at home are looking for ways to make America safer after this weeks mass shooting in Las Vegas. Local lawmaker Leon Stavrinakis of Charleston thinks banning "bump stocks" is a good way to start.

"What you have here is a loophole," said Stavrinakis. Bump stocks take a weapon that's legal and make it into something that fires like an illegal weapon all within the law, he finishes.

A bump stock, also known as a bump fire device is a manipulation of a semi-automatic rifle. The user is able to hold their finger over the trigger and by rapidly pushing the gun back into their shoulder, they're able to rapily release multiple rounds.

"If you get the timing on it right, you can release multiple rounds very quickly," said Eric Brown, an employee and gun safety instructor at A.T.P Gun Shop and Range in Summerville.

Automatic rifles are heavily regulated and much harder to get-a-hold compared to semi-automatic rifles. A bump stock allows people to bypass those legal restrictions but attain automatic like firepower.

A.T.P Gun Shop and Range says they haven't sold bump stocks in over a year now, and probably won't for the foreseeable future with the current legal climate. "So as its written [the proposed law], just having possession of it would be a possible felony, and we are not interested in doing that to our customers," said Brown.

State representative Mark Sanford (R) says bump stocks will definitely be a topic of debate in Washington over the next few days. "I think even before that occurs, you’ll see regulatory change," said Sanford. " Because this is something that from a regulatory level, apparently they can handle a change without even having a change in the law."

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