Gun owners weigh in on bump stock ban proposal

KAUKAUNA, Wis. -

Investigators say bump stocks were found in Stephen Paddock's hotel room but, local gun experts we spoke with say a ban isn't necessary to stop violence.

Bump stocks are an accessory you can attach to a semi-automatic weapon that can speed up the fire rate.

"The slide fire moves your finger to the trigger and you don't have to pull your finger as much as what you're doing is pushing the forestock forward to bring the trigger to your finger,” said Daniel Van Thiel of Kaukuana Sportsmen’s Club.

After the tragedy in Las Vegas, four Wisconsin law makers want them banned. Democratic State Rep. Chris Taylor said the bill is to keep communities safe and stop violence.

Daniel Van Thiel who is part of the Kaukauna Sportsmen's Club says gun owners he knows are careful.

"The people that come down here to shoot are very safety conscious. They come down to hone their hunting skills or just to enjoy recreational shooting,” said Van Thiel.

Earlier in the week, Democratic State Rep. Melissa Sargent said in a statement

“We ban fully automatic weapons but allow semi-automatic weapons modified to act like fully automatic weapons—that’s nonsensical. If someone needs access to a weapon that’s effectively fully automatic, we should probably be asking why,” Subeck added.

Van Thiel says an bump stock running a semi-automatic into an automatic weapon is a misconception.

"In an automatic fire arm, you pull the trigger once, and it'll empty the magazine with that one trigger. This, you still need to pull the trigger with each and every shot."

While both sides agree safety is a priority, some gun owners feel a ban isn't the way to go.

"Criminals will find their way around the system. They don't care what law is on the books. That's what defines them as criminals,” said Van Thiel

If passed, the bill would make the sale, creation, use and possession of a bump stock a felony in Wisconsin.

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