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Lehigh Valley gun owners divided on bump stock controversy

NORTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - At Relic Hunter Firing Line in North Whitehall Township there's been increased interest in bump stocks.

"It's two pieces of plastic that replace your stock and your grip on an AR-15 style rifle. And all it does is sort of simulate full auto. It's not actually full auto, that's why it's legal," said Owner Gerard Stezelberger.
Stezelberger says until now, bump stocks were considered by many gun owners to be gimmicky because the way they are operated seriously compromises accuracy.

But after it was discovered bump stocks were used in the Las Vegas Massacre and talk of banning the devices began, people have been inquiring.

Lehigh Valley gun owners are divided on a ban. 

"I really would have to agree with that deep thinking about that I really don't see a practical need for that," said Carl Greener.

"My thought is if a person really wants an item it's out there to be had. You know what I mean? If they banned them there are molds making them. you know whatever you want is on the market," said Ed Kaintz.

Stezelberger is against a ban.

He says he doesn't think banning bump stocks would have prevented the Las Vegas Massacre.

"Somebody could have prevented the guns from getting into that hotel," said Stezelberger.

The National Rifle Association has criticized calls for more gun control, but has also asked the ATF to review bump stocks to determine if they comply with federal law.

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