Locals react to possible ban of bump stocks

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- More than a year ago a mass shooter killed 58 people with a modified assault rifle from a hotel window in Las Vegas.

Now, the Trump Administration wants to outlaw bump stocks—the attachment used by the Las Vegas killer.

CNN first reported the trump administration is preparing to announce the ban sometime in the next few weeks after months of promising the gun regulation.

The administration already proposed redefining bump stock devices as machine guns, which would make them illegal under federal law.

President Donald Trump has voiced his desire to get rid of them after the Las Vegas and Stoneman Douglas Shooting.

“Bump stocks are gone,” the president said in one of his press conferences.

Odessa Area Outdoor Gun Range & Paintball Manager Matt Sturgeon regularly uses his bump stock out on the range.

He showed how the attachment allows a weapon to change to semi-automatic – to something much faster.

He showed us his weapon pointing out how the rear attachment allows the gun to “bump” back and forth, using the kickback momentum to trigger the next shot.

“Bump stock mode has a mechanism that moves it back and forth,” Sturgeon said. “It assists you when pulling the trigger faster, but it still does not allow you to pull the trigger one time and multiple bullets go out.”

Sturgeon doesn’t think the ban is a good idea because even if bump stocks are formally outlawed, it won’t take much for a gun owner to make their own.

“People can do the same thing with a rubber band,” Sturgeon said. “People can do the same thing with their finger to be quite frank. People can do the same thing with their belt loops.”

If the ban goes into effect, gun owners will have three months to turn in or destroy all their bump stocks.