Wolf backs ban on 'bump stocks' used by Las Vegas gunman

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 10, 2017 1:34 PM
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In this Oct. 4, 2017, photo, a device called a "bump stock" is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in South Jordan, Utah. The National Rifle Association announced its support Ton Oct. 5 for regulating the devices that can effectively convert semi-automatic rifles into fully automated weapons and that were apparently used in the Las Vegas massacre to lethal effect. It was a surprising shift for the leading gun industry group, which in recent years has resolutely opposed any gun regulations. Immediately afterward the White House, too, said it was open to such a change. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

(HARRISBURG) -- Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is urging Pennsylvania lawmakers to outlaw devices known as bump stocks used in the Las Vegas mass shooting that allow semi-automatic weapons to mimic the rapid fire of an automatic weapon.

Wolf's statement on Tuesday comes on the heels of several lawmakers saying they will introduce legislation to outlaw the devices.

Wolf calls them ``unnecessary and dangerous.''

Democratic Reps. Madeleine Dean of Montgomery County and Dom Costa of Allegheny County and Republican Sen. Patrick Browne of Lehigh County have thus far said they will introduce legislation to ban bump stocks.

Pennsylvania already makes it illegal to sell, use or possess machine guns, sawed-off shotguns and grenades.

At the federal level, the National Rifle Association is opposing a ban on bump stocks by Congress.

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