Survey: Bump stock ban appeals to majority
By Christen Smith
A majority of registered voters surveyed last week support a bump stock ban. (Photo: Slide Fire Solutions/Facebook)
A majority of voters support banning bump stocks in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, according to a new poll released Wednesday.
Nearly eight out of 10 registered voters told Morning Consult/Politico pollsters they either “strongly” or “somewhat” support banning the use of bump stocks — a legal gun modification that mimics automatic fire and is now synonymous with the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Three quarters of Republicans surveyed agreed, as well as 74 percent of gun owners, according to the results, which recorded answers from 1,996 registered voters last week.
The bipartisan agreement among voters mirrors a similar sentiment growing in Congress 11 days after a lone gunman rained bullets down into a crowded country music festival from a high rise hotel on the Las Vegas strip, killing 58 and wounding 489 others.
Bump stocks made headlines in the days after the Oct. 1 attack when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed 12 of the modifiers were found in 64-year-old Stephen Paddock’s two-room suite on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay and Casino. Since then, a steady drumbeat of elected officials have