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Carlos Curbelo plans to introduce bump stock ban in Congress

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Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Miami, plans to introduce legislation with Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., on Friday that would ban the use of bump stocks. Bump stocks are a device that uses a gun's recoil to push the trigger back into the shooters trigger finger, effectively allowing a semi-automatic weapon to function like an automatic weapon. 

A gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas used the device while firing on an outdoor concert from a high-rise hotel room.
 
"I think this prohibition, this ban on bump stocks should be codified," Curbelo told NBC's Chuck Todd on Thursday, arguing that Congress should pass legislation banning the device instead of leaving the decision to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "There is definitely a lot of momentum here." 
 
Curbelo said the legislation will be introduced "Noah's Ark" style, meaning that any potential cosponsor must join the bill with a member from the other party. He also said that the ATF would carry out the law and determine how to get rid of existing bump stocks in private hands if the law passes. 
 
"We want to send a strong message and the bottom line is that these devices turn legal weapons into illegal weapons," Curbelo said. "We would be closing a loophole." 
 
A host of other Florida Republican lawmakers said Thursday they support a bump stock ban. 
 

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