Local gun shop owner brings different perspective to NRA bump fire stock statement

Published: Oct. 5, 2017 at 10:35 PM CDT
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The National Rifle Association is calling for the review of bump fire stocks. The devices allow semi-automatic rifles to fire off rounds quicker and were found attached to rifles found in the hotel room of the Las Vegas shooter.

“I told my wife right away that it’s not fully automatic weapons,” Duane Spooner of Duane’s Rifle Repair explained. He’s been repairing and building custom rifles for over three decades, and knows gun accessories well, including the bump fire stock.

The NRA released a statement Thursday morning addressing the devices saying “the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”

While some NRA members were angered by the statement, saying it was playing too far into politics, Spooner had a different view. “My thought is that they’re wanting the ATF to come out and say yes they are a legal gun accessory.”

Spooner’s son, Joshua Spooner, agrees saying, “they [the NRA] simply asked re-review them, do your job as the BATFE, find out do you classify these as legal? Which you did.”

But others disagree, and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle came together to announce a bill to ban bump fire stocks.

Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan said, “fully automatic weapons have been banned for a long time. Apparently, this allows you to take a semi-automatic, turn it into a fully automatic. So, clearly it’s something we need to look into.”

Even if tighter restriction are approved, there’s no guarantee the devices will stay off the market. Both men we talked to said people will find a way around it.

“It’s like a speed limit. It’s only there if you abide by the law,” Duane Spooner said.

“Law breakers do not care about what the laws are they only care about what their end goal is,” Joshua Spooner explained.

However, the pair say it’s not about the firearms or the accessories, it’s about the people that use them and their bad intentions.

Spooner explains that the bump fire stock “does nothing to make a fire arm more dangerous than anything else. It’s still just a firearm.” He says when you attach the device, it simply changes how the firearm discharges. If anything, Spooner says, it decreases the accuracy of the firearm.

Despite the push for a bill to restrict bump fire stocks, reports show that the NRA is still pushing for government officials to pass the SHARE Act. The act will revise a variety of existing programs to expand access to, and opportunities for, hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting.

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