ATF reviewing bump stocks: Local survivors ask for ban
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
Some survivors of the One October shooting are urging the Senate to ban bump stocks.
Wednesday, was the first congressional hearing on the device since the massacre. The ATF said it is reevaluating the legality of bump stocks, a change from 2010 when the agency said a bump stock is a firearm part, and therefore not regulated under gun laws.
J’Anna Hendricks was at the concert with her friend that night. She said she heard bullets whizzing by her. “It was one of those things, where I would be shoulder to shoulder with people and they were just going down.”The two ducked for cover. When there was a break in the gunfire, they ran. Hendricks said, “It was my son’s, my oldest son’s eighth birthday on October first. I was like, I have to get out of here. I have to get to my kids.”
Now, she’s finally comfortable reliving that terrible night. She said she doesn’t want to see big changes. “Banning a gun doesn’t stop evil people from doing evil things.” But, she and other survivors are hoping for a ban on bump stocks. “I think it’s one device. If they write it up correctly, and they ban that, yes, because it can hurt a lot of people.”
Heather Gooze traveled to Washington D.C. to state her case for a ban. She told the Senate Judiciary Committee, “These devices are not for hunting, they’re not for target practice. They’re for hurting people.”
Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto said legislation needs to move quickly. “The victims of the October 1 massacre and all Americans need action now.”
But, NevadaCarry.Org released this statement:
We tried to ban alcohol because of the problems it caused, the war on drugs has been a miserable failure, speed limits don't keep fast cars out of high-speed crashes, and despite putting nutrition labels on food, people still get fat. And how is banning bump fire stocks going to stop someone who could have bought a registered machine gun or just pulled the trigger really, really fast? The same way Nevada's murder ban and the death penalty was supposed to discourage the attack, to begin with? If we have to ban products meant for innocent pleasure that are misused by bad people, there are countless other things that need to be legislated at first.
Hendricks said taking away one device isn’t taking away gun rights. “Nobody expected it to do what that guy did.”