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When do your senators and congressman stand on bump stocks?

Posted October 5

A little-known device called a "bump stock" is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in South Jordan, Utah. Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock bought 33 guns within the last year, but that didn't raise any red flags. Neither did the mountains of ammunition he was stockpiling, or the bump stocks found in his hotel room that allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic fully automatic weapons. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Sen. Richard Burr: "Sen. Burr supports a review of the 2010 Obama era ATF decision on bump stocks.”


Congressman Ted Budd: “In wake of the worst mass shooting in American history, it is important to keep the victims and their families in focus. Too often, the conversation around these attacks shifts away from the hurting families and the fallen victims and towards scoring political points. We don’t have all the facts with regard to the Las Vegas shooting, and until we do, it’s premature to call for changes to gun laws.

What we do know is that everyday citizens as well as law enforcement, in particular, the Las Vegas Police Department, performed with integrity, courage, and professionalism under the most difficult circumstances imaginable. I will continue to pray for the victims, their families, and those still recovering.

With regard to the larger issue of violence in our society, it has many roots - from a badly failing mental health system to our increasing social separation and loss of religious faith. The rush to take away American’s second amendment rights is ill-conceived. Research indicates common gun control proposals do not solve the problems facing our society.  Of the 80,000 people who tried to buy a gun illegally in 2012, only 44 were prosecuted.  Until we have all the facts, our focus should be on enforcing the laws that are on the books."


Congressman Robert Pittenger: "Congress should examine any loopholes or vulnerabilities in current law that enable modifications to create an automatic weapon. but addressing gun violence will not be resolved with further gun restrictions. Assault rifles are only used 27% of the time in public mass shootings. We need good data to identify threats and better laws to deny guns to the mentally ill. Notwithstanding, we have a culture of violence in television, movies and games that has normalized these abhorrent acts.  The American people and Congress need to give  thoughtful focus on mitigating this cultural evil."


Congressman Mark Walker: "If somebody, just like any other avenue, is circumventing that law then I think it’s something we should take a look at it. My first impulse is that could be a problem,” said Rep. Mark Walker of Greensboro, who is chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee.

“At the same time, we don’t want to get to a place where any law we pass out of this House ... targets more the law-abiding citizen then the criminal. We want to make sure that we’re protecting our society.”


Congressman David Price: "As the Las Vegas tragedy made abundantly clear, bump stocks turn already dangerous semiautomatic weapons into fully automatic killing machines. Our nation’s leaders— including President Trump and Republicans in Congress—must find the moral courage to take action and protect the public. That’s why I am cosponsoring legislation to prohibit bump stocks and supporting other bills to strengthen our background check system and ban assault-style weapons.”

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