Gowdy: I would support a ban on devices that convert a weapon to fully automatic

Gowdy: I would support a ban on devices that convert a weapon to fully automatic
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Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyHouse Dem calls on lawmakers to 'insulate' election process following Mueller report Democrats put harassment allegations against Trump on back burner Democrats seize on Mueller-Barr friction MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that he supports a ban on any device that "converts" a semi-automatic weapon to a fully automatic one. 

"I am fine with doing away with any instrumentality that converts a semi-automatic to a fully automatic," Gowdy, who recently announced his retirement, told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”


The South Carolina lawmaker’s comment comes after 17 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a South Florida high school. Democrats renewed calls for gun control legislation following the deadly shooting. 

Gowdy, a former prosecutor, said on Sunday that he is “happy” to ask congressional leadership about a future vote on gun legislation, but also said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “could regulate bump stocks tomorrow.”

The weapons used during last year's attack on an outdoor concert in Las Vegas were reportedly equipped with bump stocks, though the device was not used in the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The ATF declared in 2010 that bump stocks, which can be used to increase a semi-automatic rifle’s rate of fire, were not subject to regulation.

Gowdy in the interview on Sunday emphasized the need to look at multiple factors when addressing school shootings.

"So you have to look at all of it. If you only look at the instrumentality and you don't look at the person who's pulling the, the trigger, then I think you're doing a disservice to everyone who wants to see an end to, to killings, including mass killings," Gowdy said.

--This report was updated at 1:00 p.m.