QC gun owners are split over bump stock debate

Gun owners are split over the usefulness of the device

DAVENPORT, Iowa - 59 people dead, and more than 500 injured in Las Vegas.
Mass damage that police say was made possible with the use of a bump stock.

Bob DuCharme of the Vintion, Iowa gun trade, Tactical Creations, says the gun accessory is a relatively new on the market.
 
"I sold quite a few of them when they first came out, about six years ago," said DuCharme. "People thought it was really cool to go out to the range, and you could dump a mag fairly quickly. Until they started adding up how much it was costing them in ammo."

After the attachment was used in Sunday's mass shooting, DuCharme says prices for the bumpers, are now on the rise.

"Bumpstocks usually sell for around $175," said DuCharme. "I've got some of the bumpski's, which are.. Bump stocks are all plastic, these here are metal ones. So, they're a little more money. Normally, they're like $450. I think I got them at $899 right now."

The national spotlight on bump stocks also has some peopling questioning their purpose.
Gun owners that use the attachment say it's just for fun.

"We honestly just got it because of the novelty of it, at the time," says gun owner Nancy Stockwell. "But, it's actually really fun. It's fun to target shoot, we can kill a lot of soybeans with it out there in the field. And, it's just fun to shoot. That's why we have it."

Others who own semi-automatic rifles say there is just no real need for bumpstocks.

(Tom Thomas, Owns semi-auto rifles) "Some people just like to have things," said Tom Thomas. He owns semi-automatic rifles, but doesn't agree with the use of bump stocks. 
"They'll have a car that drives 200 miles an hour, but will never drive it that fast, they just want to have it. But, very very few people actually have a need for anything like that," said Thomas.

As regulation talks begin, bump stock owners say there needs to be more education about the attachment.

"If people are going to legislate, make decisions, have opinions, that they do it in an informed, and educated way," said Stockwell.


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