The arsenal found inside the hotel room of the gunman, who killed 59 people during a music festival in Las Vegas, included weapons with a ‘bump stock.’
‘Bump stocks’ use the recoil of a semi-automatic gun and allows it to mimic an automatic weapon.
It is legal across most of the country, and New York is one of a handful of states that bans it for personal use.
The only place to shoot a gun, like an AR-10, legally is at a gun range.
Tim McKeever and his brother, Ryan, are both gun owners. Neither men own an AR, but got to fire one at Niagara Gun Range in Wheatfield.
Paul Valera from the Niagara Gun Range says while it’s hard to handle, it’s not so tricky to put together.
“If they were able to follow instructions, and follow instruction on YouTube, I suppose they should be able to put on a Slide Fire stock.”
Valera tracks which guns go in and out of the front door, but has never seen a ‘bump stock’ here, because putting one on a rifle makes it a machine gun in the eyes of state law. Owning the weapon could put one in prison for ten years.
“If you are not well trained, either in law enforcement or the military, I wouldn’t see a need for that type of attachment onto an AR.”