Lawmakers on Capitol hill considering ban on bump stocks

Published: Dec. 6, 2017 at 9:52 PM CST
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Today, the Senate Judiciary committee called a hearing to consider policy options in response to the Las Vegas mass shooting at an outdoor country music concert.

“None of us want to be forgotten," said Heather Gooze.

Gooze, a survivor from the October, testified at this hearing.

She says she strongly supports Second Amendment rights, but wants to see action taken on bump stocks.

"I ask that the committee not forget all of the lives that were lost that day, all of the lives affected that day and all the lives that could be affected in the future,” Gooze said.

Tuesday, the ATF and Department of Justice announced they're launching a review of the bump stocks and whether they're illegal under the National Firearms Act. Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock used this type of device which can be attached to semi-automatics to pull a trigger faster.

"I believe we must pass this legislation so the law is clear: bump stocks do not belong in our country,” said Nevada Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto.

GOP committee chair, Senator Chuck Grassley, says he wants Congress to carefully review the issues at hand, and not make any hasty decisions.

“All of us wish that the recent tragedies in Texas and Nevada could’ve been avoided."

Grassley added, "We must wield our legislative power carefully, particularly where it involves the fundamental liberties of our republic."

Another concern raised by Grassley...even if Congress banned bump stocks, the A-T-F confirmed at the hearing a similar tool could be made using 3-D printing technology. The A-T-F says it might take months to clarify whether bump stocks are legal or not.