Gun control laws are being considered, after Vegas shooting massacre
HOUSTON, TX — The debate about how to prevent similar events like the shooting massacre in Las Vegas has engaged once reluctant lawmakers, who are now expressing a willingness to consider a ban on “bump stocks.”
Gunman Stephen Paddock used the accessory to convert semi-automatic rifles into rapid firing weapons.
Selling and manufacturing automatic weapons has been illegal since 1986, but items to modify semi-automatic firearms are legal.
Paul Osorio is the President of the Pinoy Houston Gun Club and tells BA that the modification is easily accessible and easy to implement.
“If you want it to fire like the shooter, all you need to modify is he stock and it will shoot full auto because of the bumping mechanism,” he said. “Once it fires, it will bump into your shoulder and create a continuous motion for firing. For now, it is considered legal and there are no restrictions, because it is considered accessories. Or parts of the rifle.”
On Thursday, the National Rifle Association, a powerful opponent of gun regulations, threw its support behind the call for additional regulations on bump stocks.
“The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”
Osario says he also favors at least some additional restrictions on guns, including expanded background checks
“It is not the weapon that is killing people. It is the people with evil intent,” he said. “The only thing I would recommend is some modifications or new laws that could help us eliminate those undeserving gun owners.”