Lawrence and Douglas County

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Jenkins, Yoder support banning ‘bump stock’ weapon accessory

Kansas Reps. Lynn Jenkins, left, and Kevin Yoder, right.

Kansas Reps. Lynn Jenkins, left, and Kevin Yoder, right.

October 5, 2017, 11:13 a.m. Updated October 5, 2017, 3:11 p.m.

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Two Kansas congressional Republicans who are strong advocates of gun rights said Thursday that they'd support a federal ban on devices that can modify semi-automatic weapons to shoot like automatic weapons.

Reps. Kevin Yoder and Lynn Jenkins issued statements supporting restrictions on "bump stocks" after the gunman reportedly used the device in Sunday's attack in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and wounded about 500 more. The idea is gaining traction in Congress, with several Republicans either supporting it or suggesting it should be discussed after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.

Yoder, of Overland Park, said the details of the Las Vegas shooting make it "evident that action must be taken with regard to devices that modify semi-automatic weapons like bump stocks."

"Right now we have strict regulations on automatic weapons, but these devices allow an individual to easily convert legal firearms into an automatic weapon. That should not be the case, and that's why I will support measures to regulate or ban these types of devices," he said.

Jenkins said in her statement that she also wants to restrict the devices.

"While I'm a strong supporter of our Second Amendment, when you can modify a legal semi-automatic rifle and make it function like an illegal fully automatic rifle — something isn't right," she said. "I believe we should close the regulatory loophole that allows bump stocks and other devices like it."

Yoder's support for the ban is significant because Kansas has some of the loosest gun laws in the country. He also received $4,000 from the National Rifle Association in 2016 and more than $16,000 from the organization since the start of his congressional career, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Jenkins received $2,000 from the NRA in 2016. Both hold A ratings from the organization and were endorsed by the NRA in the last election, The Wichita Eagle reported .

Yoder is widely expected to seek re-election next year in what is likely to be a competitive House race in a district that Democrat Hillary Clinton narrowly won in 2016. Jenkins has said she won't run again.

The Kansas affiliate of the NRA criticized the effort to restrict gun accessories.

"Accessory bans won't save a single life. Criminals will always find ways to commit violence. Prohibiting law-abiding gun owners from owning a piece of plastic won't stop violent criminals," Moriah Day, the executive director of the Kansas State Rifle Association, said in an email.

Rep. Roger Marshall, who represents western Kansas, said in an email that he believes current law already gives the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives the authority needed to regulate bump stocks.

Comments

Michael Shaw 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Anything that turns a semi automatic gun into an automatic gun should be banned.

Doug Larson 1 month, 1 week ago

I would like to see a bill that puts a hold on a gun sell if the buyer has purchased multiple weapons in a small amount of time. This shooter bought several guns in a matter of a couple months and no one raised a red flag. Whoever approves the sell should be able to say 'this guy needs to be looked at first'. OK, lets here it.......

Ray Mizumura 1 month, 1 week ago

Good lord, what are we gonna do now? These "representatives" obviously hate America! Good thing Jenkins is on her way out. Let's "primary" Yoder and get a real 2nd Amendment believer in there! Just like more guns are the remedy for increased mass shootings, it's obvious that we need more good guys (and gals) using bump stocks to stop the psycho nut jobs who are using bump stocks! Besides, Paddock was once an IRS employee, and we all know what that means! A big government fascist all the way, we should have seen it coming a long time ago.

Bob Summers 1 month, 1 week ago

You can put your thumb into your belt loop and then hook the trigger of your AR and pull the trigger; it will kick back and then forward again and fire like a machine gun just the same. We should make a law against belt loops.

This guy was Liberal. A better plan would be to ban all Liberals from getting anywhere near a firearm.

Richard Heckler 1 month, 1 week ago

What they say and how they will vote are two very different issues. The NRA throws a ton of money at these conservative candidates. Voters will not know how they vote UNTIL it is too late.

Don't vote for Kevin Yoder for he has joined the radical libertarians during his time in office.

All of the new GOP candidates at he federal level are libertarians or Brownback type fundamentalists.

What have they done over the past 20 years?

Richard Heckler 1 month, 1 week ago

BIG DOLLAR ALEC DARK MONEY TRAIL IS EVERYWHERE.

RINO's like the republican party aka the NOT GOP speak ON BEHALF of TRUMP and the ALEC Anti American Dark Money Trail = ALEC RINO reckless spending working to destroy the middle class and America as we knew it.

This ongoing support for the radical conservative libertarian over throw of the USA with very large amounts of special interest dark money is mind numbing. There is no reason for any such activity.

37 years of voting in ALEC RINO conservatives AND Fundamentalist MINORITY candidates posing as republicans has provided what?

The ALEC Platform Conservatives MUST Adhere to NO matter what rhetoric is played to voters:

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William Cummings 1 month, 1 week ago

Summers has a good point that no bump stock is required to bump fire an AR15 style rifle. A Video of the belt loop method is located at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI86T...

P Allen Macfarlane 1 month, 1 week ago

We'd be better off banning the weapon. But that would take political courage, which seems in short supply these days.

Calvin Anders 1 month, 1 week ago

Let's not strain our arms patting ourselves on the back for getting (more or less) everyone behind this tiny little conceit by the pro gun lobbies to ban an absolutely horrible tool for mass killing. Politicians and the gun lobby will try to lord this small concession over us for years but it does not, by itself, make much of a difference in a culture that is descending into fear and violence as guns proliferate into just about every space where we dwell. Banning bump stocks may help slow down a mass shooter or 2, but the US will still be orders of magnitude ahead of other industrialized countries in gun violence and gun deaths. We need meaningful reform.

Bob Summers 1 month, 1 week ago

Your fantasies are getting people killed.

Meaningful reform is banning firearms in the hands of congenital Liberals. But, that would take political courage.

Richard Neuschafer 1 month, 1 week ago

How about getting congenital idiots like you to shut up when they don't know what they are talking about. In your case it is all of the time.

Richard Aronoff 1 month, 1 week ago

Bump-Stocks were approved twice during the previous administration.

Bob Summers 1 month, 1 week ago

Why did the congenital Liberals approve? Because it could lead to events like what happened in LV. Now they can cry more banning!

Remember Obama's gun running scandal "fast and furious"? Same. Same.

Paul Beyer 1 month, 1 week ago

Maybe we should simply ban all GOP elected officials, especially those owned by the NRA. Then something sensible could be done.

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