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President Trump announces bump stock ban year after 1 October

Posted at 6:39 PM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-01 21:53:03-04

A year after the 1 October shooting, President Trump announced he wants to move forward with a ban on bump stocks.

The plastic add-ons allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like automatic weapons and were used in the 1 October shootings, which killed 58 people.

Since then, survivor Heather Gooze, who was a bartender at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, has been working with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence to advocate for an end to bump stocks.

"If this person hadn't been able to get a hold of this one little simple accessory, then maybe we wouldn't be mourning 58 people," Gooze says.

She says she was encouraged by the president's announcement today.

And so are some of Las Vegas' most ardent Second Amendment supporters. Brian Clark is a gunsmith and says many of his customers do support bump stocks, but he says he doesn't believe they're necessary.

"In order for us to keep our Second Amendment rights we're gonna have to give up something," he says. 

Aside from the politics, he also says the plastic tools aren't even practical.

"It's hard on the guns and what do you need an automatic weapon for?"

He says since 1 October, he's even seen some customers come in to his shop asking for the bump stocks to be removed from their guns.

President Trump says the final regulation on bump stocks could still take weeks.