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State Senator wants to ban bump-fire stocks following Las Vegas massacre

An Ohio state senator is advocating banning additions that make semi-automatic weapons operate like automatic ones following the Las Vegas mass murder. (WSYX/WTTE)

Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) said he will introduce legislation to ban the sale and possession of bump-fire stocks in Ohio. The legislation would make it a fourth-degree felony to sell or possess the device.

Bump fire stocks are devices that can be attached to semi-automatic rifles to enable them to fire in rapid succession. Often called "bump stocks" they are currently legal under federal law. In 2010, the ATF allowed the bump stocks.

"There is no conceivable reason why an individual needs to use a bump stock," said Thomas. "It is not necessary for the defense of one's home or for the purpose of hunting. It is an extremely lethal device and serves no valuable purpose."

Nationwide, sales of the bump stocks are going through the roof. At The Bullet Ranch in Pataskala they sold out of the devices after Sunday. The devices cost about $100.

Manager Jerry Carver said a lot of owners did not keep their bump fires on their gun because they are just not that great to run. "They jam, they are inaccurate, they get very hot."

"We want to minimize the potential for this ever happening again, and make it extremely difficult for someone who may be planning something of this nature," said Senator Thomas.

Carver thinks some politicians are grand-standing and using the Las Vegas massacre as a podium to gain ground on somebody else's loss.

"Why are we using this tragedy to bring this to the forefront? A lot of these folks have not had the time to mourn yet," he said. "How come we can't bring this up in 3, 5, 6 months? It is not going to change the amount that is out on the market. If it is something that truly truly needs to be gone over, if everybody feels like this is something that needs to be discussed then let's let these families get through this tragedy and then let's discuss it."

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