Chico shooting range supports NRA's call for tighter restrictions on bump stocks
CHICO, Calif. - Down Range, an indoor training center and gun store in Chico, agrees with the National Rifle Association's call for tighter restrictions on bump stocks.
Twelve of the rifles the gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting had in his 32nd-floor hotel room were each modified with a bump stock, an attachment that enables a semiautomatic rifle to fire faster as long as the shooter's finger is on the trigger.
Bump stocks are an attachment that enables a semiautomatic rifle to fire faster. When it is attached it frees the weapon to slide back and forth rapidly. The add-on allows the gun to use its own recoil to become almost automatic.
Will Clark, who co-owns Down Range, said bumps stocks do not improve accuracy, meaning they are not used for self-defense.
He said their primary use is for enjoyment.
"Firearms are used for a majority of things other than just self-defense," said Clark. "You have recreation, people just love sports shooting, to go out and hunt."
"So there's different reasons you can use a firearm. In this case (bump stocks), it's a recreation tool."
"It's an accessory to the product."
According to Clark, it's legal for gun shops like his to sell bump stocks. However, he said it's not done because it puts their customers at risk by taking what is considered a legal firearm and turning it into an assault rifle defined by California state law.
"And the reason nobody has ever challenged it is because they're more likely to go to jail because we have some very liberal attorneys general that would prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law," said Clark.
"So no one wants to test it," he said.
Though they're not sold in stores, bump stocks can be purchased over the Internet.
"You can buy (bump stocks) online," said Clark. "But the possession of that type of accessory on your firearm (can make it) considered an assault weapon."