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Kinzinger Leads Effort to Ban Fully-Automatic Devices

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Washington, October 4, 2017 | Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635) | comments
Following the tragic events on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) is leading a letter from Members of Congress to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) urging a thorough re-evaluation of bump-stocks and trigger actuators—devices reported to have been used by the perpetrator to dramatically increase the discharge rate of his firearms as he carried out these senseless killings.
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Washington, DC – Following the tragic events on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) is leading a letter from Members of Congress to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) urging a thorough re-evaluation of bump-stocks—devices reported to have been used by the perpetrator to dramatically increase the discharge rate of his firearms as he carried out these senseless killings. On leading this effort, Congressman Kinzinger released the following statement: 

There are hardly words to describe the tragic events of October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas that led to the death of 59 people and caused injuries to over 500 more. As a nation, we mourn the loss of life, we condemn the senseless and evil attack on these innocent victims, and we are immensely proud of the bravery shown by our first responders and bystanders.

“Now is not a time to politicize a tragedy or bring politics into our grieving, but it is a time to reflect on what has happened and how we can work constructively on what can be done to curb the impact of these evil, deranged attackers.

As Members of Congress, it is our responsibility to look at this situation and see if we can find ways to take action. We cannot prevent tragedy, we cannot stop evil in all its many forms, and we cannot gauge the level of hate in someone’s heart. But actions can be taken.

“Today, I’m calling on my fellow Members of Congress to join me in my letter to the ATF. I was surprised to learn that in 2010 and 2012, the ATF determined these devices were compliant with federal law.  The ATF must re-evaluate these devices, and it is my hope that they conclude these mechanisms violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the law. In the meantime, my colleagues and I will consider legislative options, because these fully-automatic simulator devices have no place in civil society.”

 

NOTE: In addition to Congressman Kinzinger, co-leaders of this letter include fellow veterans in the House: Reps. Mike Gallagher (WI-08) and Martha McSally (AZ-02).

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