Firearm instructors explain bump stocks

SALE CREEK, Tenn. (WDEF) — After investigators said the Las Vegas shooter used bump stocks to transform semi automatic weapons into fully automatic, lawmakers are thinking about banning the device.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, is introducing a bill that would ban the sale, transfer, or manufacture of bump stocks.

Firearm instructors say they are not surprised lawmakers want to move forward with this legislation.

Ronnie Dodd runs Dodd and Associates Training, which provides tactical firearms instruction to Law Enforcement, Security, Military Personnel and Civilians. Dodd says he was shocked about the Las Vegas shooting.

“I knew that this was a well calculated well planned situation and from the condition it was found in, with him being on the 32nd floor and all the people down in the venue, it was practically an unavoidable incident,” Dodd said.

Investigators say the shooter used bump stocks, in order for his semi-automatic weapons to emulate fully automatic weapons.“You simply take off the buttstock and replace it where the buttstock here goes and then on this side. It is only made for right handed shooters, there is a mechanism here that your finger rests on,” Dodd said.

In light of the shooting, lawmakers are introducing a bill that would ban bump stocks. Dodd says he saw this coming.

“As easily as they are to convert a semi automatic rifle into the principle of a fully automatic rifle, that doesn’t surprise me at all,” Dodd said.

Dodd says it’s new for bump stocks to be used in a mass shooting.

“To my knowledge I have never heard of a slide fire or a bump fire being used in this type of a situation. So this gentleman is pure evil. It is a terrorist act in my personal opinion. He went up there to kill a lot of people and that is exactly what he did,” Dodd said.

 So far, Sen. Feinstein’s bill has 26 Democratic co-sponsors. Republican senators  say they might take a look at the idea of regulating bump stocks.
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