A former law enforcement agent said Thursday he supports a ban on bump stocks, saying there are few "legitimate" uses for devices that attach to the trigger of a gun to create a rapid-fire weapon.

"Even though this particular accessory is legal, I find my own personal opinion — very, very few, if any, uses, legitimate uses for this type of accessory," Sam Rabadi, a retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent, said on CNN's "New Day."

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Rabadi said the accessory drops the chances of an accurate shot because it makes the gun difficult to control, adding that it likely would not be a practical tool for hunting or target practice.

"The only legitimate use, as has been discussed the last couple of days, is more of the thrill of being able to shoot a machine gun type of rifle," he said, adding that "the last thing I would ever want to see is this kind of device attached to a long gun that a law enforcement officer has to go up against."

Host Alisyn Camerota responded "that is what we saw" with the Las Vegas gunman, who opened fire at a country music festival Sunday night, sending a barrage into the crowd.

Rabadi said he would "absolutely" call on Congress to ban this device as well as "make adjustments and amendments to the law related to machine guns."

The former ATF agent claimed his view for "middle ground" gun-control regulation is shared by most law enforcement officers, "regardless of political affiliation."

His remarks come at a time when there is a renewed push to create gun-control laws after the nation's deadliest mass shooting left at least 58 dead and hundreds more injured.

Democratic lawmakers are receiving surprising support from some their GOP colleagues who are also calling for a ban on "bump stocks" and possibly other weapon restrictions.

On Wednesday, Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.) and Senate Homeland Committee Chairman Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonTrump spars with GOP lawmakers on steel tariffs Overnight Regulation: Trump unveils budget | Sharp cuts proposed for EPA, HHS | Trump aims to speed environmental reviews | Officials propose repealing most of methane leak rule Trump budget seeks savings through ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Wis.) expressed support for measures to ban bump stocks. 

Current law already bans the purchase of fully automatic weapons manufactured after 1986.