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Utah Republicans Join Calls To Review Bump Stock Regulations

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This week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas has rekindled the debate over gun control. This time, even some Utah Republicans are calling for a ban on the devices known as “bump stocks.” 

Bump stocks allow semiautomatic rifles to fire faster, essentially converting them into automatic weapons. A dozen rifles found in the Las Vegas shooter’s hotel room had been modified with the devices.

On Thursday Utah Representatives Mia Love and Chris Stewart, both Republicans, said they are willing to consider new rules on bump stocks.

In a statement, Love says she is a firm supporter of the Second Amendment, however, quote- “any device that converts a legal firearm to an illegal firearm deserves closer scrutiny.” On Twitter, Stewart echoed her statement.

The legality of bump stocks appears to be drawing a rare bipartisan response.

The NRA on Thursday called for new federal regulations on the devices.

There’s also been increased scrutiny this week on the gun lobby’s influence on members of Congress. Love was a top recipient during last year’s election—raking in $60,000 in campaign contributions from pro-gun groups.

Nicole Nixon holds a Communication degree from the University of Utah. She has worked on and off in the KUER Newsroom since 2013, when she first joined KUER as an intern. Nicole is a Utah native. Besides public radio, she is also passionate about beautiful landscapes and breakfast burritos.
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