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Denver bans bump stocks in wake of Route 91 shooting but similar ban not possible in Vegas

NRA backs regulations on bump stocks after Las Vegas massacre (Slide Fire/MGN Online)

On Monday, the City of Denver approved a ban on bump stocks – the device used by the Las Vegas mass shooter. However, Nevada state law prohibits cities and counties from approving a similar ban.

On Oct. 1, gunman Stephen Paddock fired off more than 1,100 rounds for 10 full minutes. He killed 58 people and injured hundreds more.

The bump-stock device modified the gunman’s arsenal to make it more deadly, with his firearms working like fully automatic weapons.

J’anna Hendricks was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival and escaped the rain of gunfire that night. She believes a ban on bump stocks is a step in the right direction.

"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," said Hendricks.

Since the Las Vegas mass shooting, more than a dozen states are now considering a ban on the device, and just this week, the City of Denver approved a ban on bump stocks.

“I applaud Denver for taking a positive step in the right direction. Unfortunately, that’s not possible here in Clark County,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak.

State law prohibits municipalities from making laws that govern any sort of gun control. However, Sisolak said some change is needed.

“There is no legitimate reason that the individual who was on the 32nd floor could buy an unlimited amount of bump stocks,” said Sisolak. “It’s a killing machine and there’s no hunting purpose for it. No one can convince me otherwise and I think we need to take a stand.”

In the wake of the shooting, Congress remained deadlocked on passing a federal bump stock bill. However, the National Rifle Association said in a statement following the tragedy that “devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”

The Trump Administration is evaluating whether a bump stock ban would be appropriate but that could be a long process.

Sisolak said Nevadans will likely have to wait until next year when the Nevada Legislature is back in session to see if state lawmakers take up the issue.

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