Local gun owners weigh in on 'bump stocks'

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

At Briarhawk Firearms and Ammunition, they don't carry the "bump stock" -- the gun accessory that helped Sunday's shooter get off more bullets.

“In three-and-a-half years, I probably haven't had three calls for them. In the last three days, I've probably had two dozen,” says the store’s Art Netherton. “I even talked to a supplier in the central part of the U.S. that specialized in accessory items. They’ve had them in stock for a year – moved very few of them, and now they’re out of them.”

That's what the fear of a ban does, he tells me.

"Bump stocks" are now in a bipartisan bullseye: Republicans and even the NRA say they're open to tighter restrictions.

Our local Democrat, Congresswoman Dina Titus, has introduced a bill to ban them.

In call after call, I could not find one local gun store that has a "bump stock" in stock.

None I called carried them.

At Briarhawk, where it's all about responsible gun ownership, they say new laws won't work.

“All it’s going to affect is a normal citizen who obeys the laws on a daily basis,” Netherton says.

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Gun opponents say that's what Stephen Paddock did as he assembled an arsenal and flew under the radar. Look at the tragedy he wrought, they say. They’re calling on Washington, after the deadliest mass shooting in American history, to finally do something.

At the Clark County Shooting Complex, gun owners, too, are shell-shocked from Sunday.

Joe Malinak was here, shooting a pistol.

“There's a lot of healing here, cause this was such a horrendous act,” Malinak says.

Down the range, I met former police officer William McCullough, who was here with his brother, firing a rifle.

He's open to something being done.

“Being prior law enforcement, some of the automatic weapons, the modifications should be banned,” McCullough told me.

And that may be Las Vegas' biggest legacy: moving the needle on guns.

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