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Iowa lawmakers could ban bump stocks

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Some Iowa lawmakers say they could bring up legislation next year to ban bump stocks.

That idea comes after the Las Vegas shooter was accused of using one in his attack that killed 58 people and injured 500 more.

Bump stocks replace the regular stock on a semi-automatic rifle, allowing the shooter to fire fast, but the trade off is that the aim isn't as accurate.

Gun vendors at the Dubuque County Gun Show say bump stocks aren't very popular items, and because of that, a lot of them don't even carry bump stocks.

Many vendors agree that banning bump stocks would really be pointless.

Because bump stocks aren't as accurate, most gun owners aren't interested, while some lawmakers are just starting to hear what they are, because Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock allegedly used a bump stock to kill and injure many.

"It seems like every time something happens with a gun, they blame the gun. If it's a pressure cooker, they don't blame the pressure cooker. If it's a car or truck, they don't blame the car or truck. I just don't understand why they don't blame the person when a gun is used. It just surprises me," Bob DuCharme of Tactical Creations in Vinton said.

DuCharme says a law to ban bump stocks isn't necessary, and he can only recall selling one bump stock in the last three years.

"People don't know what they're talking about, and they're trying to make laws. If they educated themselves, they'd find out, it's not the guns' fault. It's psycho's fault," DuCharme said.

Bob said following the Las Vegas shooting, several people have asked how they work and what they look like, but there hasn't been a demand to buy them.

"It's really frustrating. I know many people who can take a rifle and bump fire with or without the bump stock, and when you can get that done, it's a lot more accurate anyway," DuCharme said.

DuCharme said he doesn't plan to sell any bump stocks during the Dubuque County Gun Show, but he did say he had one in his Vinton store.

There is also a gun show in Waterloo next weekend.

According to vendors in Dubuque, there will be guns and ammo from several generations at the show.

The Midwest Arms Waterloo Gun Show will be next Friday through Sunday at the National Cattle Congress.

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