Device used to help Las Vegas shooter difficult to find in any Hampton Roads stores

The Bump Stock was a device used by the Las Vegas shooter to fire rounds quicker and despite being legal, it's hard to find in any Hampton Roads stores.

VIRGINIA BEACH - VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- The gunman in the Las Vegas shooting was using a device called a Bump Stock which allows him to shoot rounds at a faster pace.

The Bump Stock is legal yet many firearms stores across Hampton Road do not sell it.

“In five years I haven’t had a single person come to me and say I’d love to have a Bump Stock can you get me one, there is no demand for it,” said Jeff Sampsell.

Sampsell is the owner of Victory Firearms in Virginia Beach. He sells an assortment of guns and ammo but when it comes to the Bump Stock he believes it has no value in the marksmanship community.

“I think a lot of people, you see things on TV, you see things in the movies, Rambo scenarios, and they want to have that spray and pray, they want to see water melons and things blowing up,” said Sampsell.

With a typical semi-automatic weapon, the shooter has to pull the trigger for each round fired, but if you install a bump stock it allows the gun to buck back and forth repeatedly, creating more rapid fire without even moving the trigger finger.

“It’s not breaking the rules but it’s definitely walking a line,” said Sampsell.

Sampsell said it’s as close as you can get to a fully automatic weapon without having to go through all the paperwork.

“Ordinary citizens want to find ways to go to the limits while still being legal,” said Sampsell

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had 23 guns in his hotel room. Bump Stocks were attached to 12 of them.

“He just wanted to put out as much amount of spray as possible in the shortest amount of time,” said Sampsell.

Sampsell says the easiest way to purchase a Bump Stock is on the Internet. However, he feels because of the Las Vegas shooting there will be a strong push to outlaw them and he’s ok with that.

“Just like some states have banned specific models of firearms they will be banning specific models of Bump Stocks so I definitely foresee this on the top of the list in upcoming legislation,” said Sampsell.

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