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Brown Calls For Ban On Bump Stocks

Oct 6, 2017

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
Credit Ohio Public Radio

The White House has chided talk of gun control this week, claiming it's too soon to discuss policy in the wake of the Las Vegas shootings. 

But one top Ohio Democrat asks if not now, when? Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow explains.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is calling for a ban on "bump stocks", which can make semi-automatic rifles replicate fully automatics and may have been used by the Vegas gunman.

 

Brown says other issues should also be taken up, such as a federal waiting period and a gun buying ban for people on the terrorist watch.

 

As for criticism about politicizing a national tragedy, Brown says Republican leaders have had no problem working on policy after other serious events.

 

Brown: “After September 11th we moved quickly. After a terrorist who happens to be a Muslim shoots somebody the president says ‘oh we gotta clamp down on the Muslims coming into the country’ the next day.”

 

Republican Senator Rob Portman says he’ll review the bill to ban bump stocks.