NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Members of congress are demanding a change in gun laws. U.S. senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal are now supporting a bill that would ban “bump stocks“. According to police, the Las Vegas shooter used that device to quickly fire on the crowd below.
Connecticut lawmakers are leading the way when it comes to this issue. Since the tragedy in Las Vegas Sunday night, there’s been a big emphasis has been put on those bump stocks.
They’re essentially used to turn a semi-automatic gun into a fully automatic, allowing a person to increase the rate of fire. And in the U.S., fully automatic weapons are banned unless they were sold or registered before May 1986.
Democrats are now introducing a bill that would ban manufacturing or possession of accessories that accelerate a semi-automatic gun’s rate of fire like those bump stocks.
Senator Blumenthal is now calling on the president.
“Thoughts and prayers are not enough. Mr. President in visiting Las Vegas today, I hope you will provide leadership and, at the very least, back a bill that stops the killer accelerators like these bump stocks. We ought to be any, furious that bump stocks are still sold in the United States of America,” said Blumenthal.
Senior congressional republicans have already said they’d consider supporting such a bill. The president saying earlier in the week that, “we’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes on.”
While there are many Americans who support stricter gun control laws, there’s another side to this. Many supporters of the second amendment say the laws will not stop people who want to do harm and will not keep weapons out of the hands of criminals.