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Leaders look at "bump stock" ban following Vegas shooting

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The mass shooting in Las Vegas is sparking tough talks here in Michiana.

Elected officials, even gun store owners are joining the national conversation on gun control.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle are taking a look at getting rid of “bump stocks.”

In addition to finding 12 rifles, investigators say the gunman outfitted each weapon with bump stocks.

“The bump stock allows professional shooters or sportsmen shooters to rapid fire their guns with one in and one out,” said Rebecca Bartol, owner of Femme Fatale Gun and Ammo.

It’s a modifier that was once easily accessible on the internet.

Still, there are hundreds of thousands of videos online showing how to install and where to buy the tool.

The folks at Femme Fatale in South Bend don’t sell the add-on.

And quite a few stores around town don’t as well.

It could become a larger trend as politicians in D.C. are thinking the same thing.

President Donald Trump told the media his administration will soon look into a ban on tool.

Congressman Fred Upton weighed in as well.

In a statement to ABC 57 News, he said in part:

“It is our responsibility to look at what happened in Las Vegas and find ways to take action. This is a step we can and should take. I’m proud to stand up and push this common-sense effort to ban bump-stocks.”

While the legislative push continues in Washington, locals here at home are doing their part through education.

“Everything comes down to that personal responsibility,” said Bartol. “If you have a firearm, you need to be responsible.”

Bartol tells that message and hands out information for recommended gun training classes to all first-time gun owners at her shop.

She says it’s her way of being responsible as well.

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