Manchin Pushes More Gun Control; Supports Ban on Bump Stocks

By Michael Perri | October 07, 2017 via
      Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Thursday he would support a proposal banning a product that can modify semi-automatic rifles to fire at rates comparable to fully automatic firearms.
     In the days since a man fired a rifle equipped with a “bump stock” Sunday night from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel, killing 58 and leaving nearly 500 others wounded and injured, some members of Congress have leaned toward banning the accessory. Bump stocks replace factory-issued gun stocks and use the recoil energy from a gunshot to rapidly depress a rifle’s trigger at a much faster rate than one’s finger can. The attachment can increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle, which fires one round per trigger pull, to one much closer to a fully automatic one, which will fire repeatedly as long as the trigger is depressed. With limited exceptions, civilians may not legally own fully automatic rifles.
     West Virginia’s lone Democrat at the federal level, Manchin said it makes sense to him that, if bump stocks, which he was unfamiliar with before the attacks, transform a semi-automatic rifle into something like a fully automatic one, they shouldn’t be on the market. “If it’s not allowed, to sell a product of that nature [fully automatic rifles], then to modify a product to be of the same thing should be in the same category,” he said. “It shouldn’t be able to be done.”
Read the full story from Jake Zuckerman of the Charleston-Gazette Mail here.

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