Local stores see bump in bump fire stock sales

RENO, Nev. - (KOLO) Maccabee Arms LTD stocks several brands of devices that make semi-automatic weapons fire faster.

A rifle equipped with a bump stock to mimic full-auto fire, Photo Date: 2/11/2013

"When they came out a few years back they were very popular; then they kind of died down," said Sharon Oren, owner of Maccabee Arms. "On one hand, they do make the firearm shoot faster; on the other hand, from my personal experience, they have a lot of malfunctions."

They're known as bump stocks and because of reports the shooter in Las Vegas used these kinds of devices, they've been flying off the shelves. By Wednesday morning, only a handful were left.

"A lot of people have been calling about them because they're sure they're going to be outlawed," Oren said. "The more they talk about gun bans and restrictions, the more guns that are going to be sold."

A bill has been introduced that would ban the manufacture, sale and possession of these types of devices. Right now, they're perfectly legal.

"It's a piece of metal or plastic; there's no regulation on it," Oren said. "The law basically says that to alter a firearm to be a machine gun, it has to be a mechanical alteration. This is not a mechanical alteration because there's no mechanics here, everything is being done with your finger."

He says the device allows semi-automatics to fire about 30% faster - but you don't necessarily need one to do that.

"You can take your firearm hold, it against your body and hold your finger there and the recoil will make the gun move forward or backward off your body," Oren said. "Banning this device won't make any difference."

The models he carries usually sell for between and $110 and $350. Right now they're on back order.