Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder calls for restrictions on bump stocks

Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder calls for restrictions on bump stocks
Posted at 9:20 AM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 14:06:24-04

After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Republican Congressman Kevin Yoder is calling for restrictions or a ban on an item used in the deadly shooting. 

ATF officials confirmed  that the Las Vegas gunman, Stephen Paddock, augmented 12 firearms with bump-fire stocks to allow for the semi-automatic weapons to mimic automatic gunfire. Fifty-nine people were killed, including the gunman, and about 500 others were injured. 

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"As the details of the shooting in Las Vegas have become clearer, its evident that action must be taken with regard to devices that modify semi-automatic weapons like bump stocks," Yoder said in a statement on Thursday.



Because it does not mechanically alter the weapon, an ATF spokesperson said that these devices are not illegal to own. 

Since the shooting, some lawmakers have called for tougher restrictions on guns and ammunition. 

"Right now we have strict regulations on automatic weapons, but these devices allow an individual to easily convert legal firearms into automatic weapons. That should not be the case, and that's why I will support measures to regulate or ban these types of devices," said Yoder.