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Colorado Springs gun dealers voice disdain for 'bump stocks'

October 4, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2017 at 2:25 pm
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A little-known device called a "bump stock" is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in South Jordan, Utah. Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock bought 33 guns within the last year, but that didn't raise any red flags. Neither did the mountains of ammunition he was stockpiling, or the bump stocks found in his hotel room that allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic fully automatic weapons. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Several Colorado Springs-area gun shops contacted by The Gazette on Wednesday don't sell bump-fire stocks, or "bump stocks," the devices used by the Las Vegas gunman that allow a semiautomatic rifle to mimic a fully automatic weapon by unleashing an entire magazine in seconds.

A salesman at Sportsman's Warehouse on North Chelton Road and the owner of Paradise Sales gun shop on West Colorado Avenue expressed their disdain for anyone who would want one.

"We don't sell junk like that," said the Sportsman's Warehouse employee.

"I'm real big into hitting what you're shooting," said Paul Paradis, owner of Paradise Sales, which also doesn't carry them. "A bump stock is something you can use to just spray a lot of bullets."

An employee at Cabela's in Lone Tree laughed and said, "Heck no," when asked if the store sells the devices.

It's a product that until recently was little-known even by gun enthusiasts, he said. They aren't sold in any Cabela's stores.

"It's funny, because I've been here 14 months selling guns, and hell, I'd never even heard of it," he said.

An employee at APEX Gun Parts on North Stone Avenue said they aren't sold at the store.

The National Rifle Association also released a statement Thursday- its first since Sunday's shooting- that called for additional regulations on such devices.

One store selling the devices had seen customers rushing to purchase them. At Family Firearms Sales on Maizeland Road, there had been a huge uptick in people buying Slide Fires - the leading bump stock brand - in the last 24 hours, an employee said.

Authorities found 23 guns in gunman Stephen Paddock's Las Vegas hotel room. Bump stocks were attached to 12 of the weapons. The devices have been legal since 2010, when government officials determined they don't violate federal law.

From his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Paddock, 64, fired hundreds of rounds, killing at least 59 people.

The devices were created to make it easier for people with disabilities to shoot a gun, The Associated Press reported.

A 2010 letter highlights Slide Fire executives' claims that bump stocks are "intended to assist a person whose hands have limited mobility." The letter is available on the company's website.

An advertisement posted on the website shows a man using a bump-fire stock while a voiceover appears to compare his actions to those of the Founding Fathers. "Of all man's work beneath the heavens, none shines brighter than our Constitution," it says. "I think Jefferson and Payne, Adams, Madison, Mason, Franklin - I think they're looking down right now at us. I think they understand what we're trying to do - what we strive to do."

Sales on Slide Fire's website were not available Wednesday afternoon. A message on its homepage announced: "We have decided to temporarily suspend taking new orders in order to provide the best service with those already placed."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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