Attachments that make semiautomatic rifles shoot more like automatic weapons should be illegal, U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, said Wednesday, marking himself as one of the earliest Republicans to support some form of gun control legislation in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
First reported by The Hill, the four-term congressman said “bump stocks,” which a gunman used in killing 58 people and injuring more than 500 at a music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night, should be banned.
“There’s no reason for a typical gun owner to own anything that converts a semiautomatic to something that behaves like an automatic,” Flores told The Hill.
“Based on the videos I heard and saw, and now that I’ve studied up on what a bump stock is — I didn’t know there was such a thing — there’s no reason for it,” Flores said. “I have no problem from banning myself from owning it.”
In a statement to the Tribune-Herald on Wednesday evening, Flores reiterated his support for Second Amendment rights amid his call for a review of bump stock restrictions.
“As a gun owner and a staunch supporter and defender of the Second Amendment, I believe that the recent tragedy in Las Vegas prompts a congressional review of bump stocks and similar devices that allow semiautomatic weapons to behave like automatic weapons, which are currently subject to tight federal licensing requirements,” Flores said.
The Washington Post recently updated its database on National Rifle Association donations to members of Congress since 1998.
Flores has accepted $11,000, which is on the lower end of NRA contributions to congressmen from Texas.
Flores is the former chairman of the Republican Study Committee.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, also said Wednesday that the legality of bump stocks bears looking into, according to the Texas Tribune.
Several other Senate Republicans said they are open to hearings on the issue.