COLUMBIA - Columbia gun stores are sold out bump stocks, a device used on twelve of the weapons used by Stephen Paddock, the suspected Las Vegas shooter.
Bump stocks are replacements for a gun's standard stock, and allows a shooter to fire rapidly by using energy from the kickback generated from each shot.
One mid-Missouri gun store manager, who asked to remain anonymous, said this is normal activity following a mass shooting.
"About 90% of the calls we've gotten this week have been about bump stocks, and I'm not surprised. As soon as what kind of gun a mass shooter users is provided to the public, people will rush out and buy up everything in stock," the manager said.
The surge of bump stock sales can be explained by supply and demand. Because it was used in a well publicized mass shooting, the odds of lawmakers banning bump stocks become much higher. Therefore, consumers want to take advantage by stocking up now, and reselling them for high prices after the possible ban.
The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has thus far maintained the legality of bump stocks, but the device recently received a condemnation from a major gun authority.
The National Rifle Association released a statement Thursday calling for tighter restrictions on bump stocks. The gun organization said the devices allow semiautomatic guns to function like fully automatic guns.
Columbia City Councilman Michael Trapp said the NRA deserves praise for its statement.
"I'm pleased that they've brought some nuance to the table, that its always more access, more firepower for them. Even they can see we need constitutional limits to the kind of firearm accessories that are available to the public," Trapp said.