Gallagher & Two GOP Veterans Call for Restricting Gun Modifier Used in Vegas Massacre

October 10, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C – Last week Representatives Gallagher, Kinzinger, and McSally, all Republican veterans serving in Congress, called for a restriction on the gun modifier that was used during last week’s mass murder in Las Vegas.  “Bump stocks,” the accessory used by the attacker, were legalized by the Obama Administration in 2010. In the wake of this horrific shooting, the three representatives have coauthored a letter requesting that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) revisit and regulate these devices, as they do with automatic weapons.

Rep. Gallagher released the following statement on the issue:

“In the military we spend months and sometimes years training to use automatic weapons. They were never intended for widespread civilian use; they are heavily regulated and incredibly difficult to obtain—and that is how it should be.

Though we still need a full account of what happened in Las Vegas, the chilling audio reveals a rate of fire more in line with my time in Iraq than a Wisconsin shooting range. It sounded like an automatic weapon but it wasn’t, we were hearing standard civilian rifles that had been modified to act like automatic weapons. I believe an item like a bump-stock that can turn a rifle into an automatic should be subject to the same restrictions as an automatic weapon.

I am committed to protecting Americans’ Constitutional right to bear arms and protect their families, but to me this is a common-sense move. More broadly, rather than each side endlessly demonizing each other every time a tragedy like this happens, here are two more common-sense moves we can make: enforce gun laws that are already on the books (which any close look at the statistics suggests isn't happening) and crack-down on straw man purchases. As Justice Scalia said, 'Of course the [Second Amendment] right was not unlimited, just as the First Amendment’s right of free speech was not. Thus, we do not read the Second Amendment to protect the right of citizens to carry arms for any sort of confrontation, just as we do not read the First Amendment to protect the right of citizens to speak for any purpose.”

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