A House Republican plans to introduce a bipartisan bill to ban the device used by the Las Vegas shooter. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) will submit legislation prohibiting the sale of bump stocks, the mechanism that makes semi-automatic weapons fire more like a machine gun.
This sort of legislation has gathered bipartisan support very quickly over the last several days in the aftermath of the horrific violence on the Vegas strip Sunday. Rep. Curbelo hopes to file a bill in the next day or two, his spokesperson Joanna Rodriguez said Wednesday.
Fellow GOP leaders on Capitol Hill have made it clear that they don’t plan on establishing comprehensive gun control reforms as a response to the Las Vegas shooting. But some have expressed an openness to looking at banning the use of bump stocks. Curbelo is just one of a growing number of GOP leaders who have expressed support for banning such devices.
Sunday’s mass shooting, the deadliest in modern U.S. history, left 59 dead and more than 500 wounded.
The chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in the Senate, Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), said that he would likely support this kind of bill banning bump stocks. This device works by using the recoil of a semi-automatic gun. Current law already prohibits the purchase of fully automatic weapons manufactured after 1986.
“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 said.
Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas), a former Republican Study Committee chairman and gun owner, also gave support for the idea.
“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,” Flores said.
Many Democrats in both the House and the Senate have already introduced bills to ban bump stocks. The ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), has led the charge on legislation in the upper chamber. She has been joined by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Dina Titus (D-Nev.), who represents Las Vegas. They introduced similar legislation on Wednesday.
“No person should possess a device that turns a semi-automatic rifle into the equivalent of a machine gun,” Cicilline said in a statement.
Do you think this new bill is going to get a significant amount of bipartisan support? Do you think that it should?
Credit: The Hill