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Top conservative calls for ban on device used by Vegas shooter

Top conservative calls for ban on device used by Vegas shooter
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The former chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee said Wednesday that the device used by the Las Vegas gunman to modify a semi-automatic weapon to shoot more rapidly should be banned.

Rep. Bill FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose FloresThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Calls mount to start transition as Biden readies Cabinet picks Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it MORE (R-Texas), a gun owner himself, may be the first Republican in Congress to call for a ban on bump stocks.

“I think they should be banned. There’s no reason for a typical gun owner to own anything that converts a semi-automatic to something that behaves like an automatic,” Flores told The Hill in an interview just off the House floor.

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“Based on the videos I heard and saw, and now that I’ve studied up on what a bump stock is — I didn’t know there was such a thing — there’s no reason for it,” Flores said.

“I have no problem from banning myself from owning it.”

Authorities said a dozen of the rifles the Las Vegas shooter had in his hotel room had been modified with a bump stock, a device which allows a firearm to fire more rapidly. The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500 others attending a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night.

California Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinBiden's gun control push poses danger for midterms Caitlyn Jenner exploring bid for California governor: report WokeWorld comes for 'oppressor' Obama: Activists rip school being named after 'deporter in chief' MORE, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation on Wednesday that would close a loophole allowing semi-automatic weapons to be modified to behave like automatic weapons. The bill would ban bump stocks and similar devices.

Fully automatic weapons have been illegal for more than 30 years.