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'Bump Stock' Devices Hard To Come By At Columbus Gun Shops

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At at least one of the rifles in hotel room of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock had a bump stock on it.

The Las Vegas gunman used a "bump stock" that allowed his semi-automatic guns to mimic a fully automatic weapon. WOSU checked with Columbus-area gun shops to see if they carried the product.

Of the 10 Columbus-area gun shops we talked with, only Vance Outdoors carried "bump stocks." The gun shop on Cleveland Avenue is out of stock and declined to comment further.

The outdoor retailer Cabela's took the devices off its website this week.

Originally created to make it easier for people with disabilities to shoot guns, the attachment allows a semi-automatic guns to unleash an entire large magazine in seconds.

The accessory has been around for less than 10 years. The government gave its seal of approval to them in 2010 after concluding that they did not violate federal law.

Adora Namigadde was a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU News in February 2017. A Michigan native, she graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in French.