Georgia - Georgia State Senator Michael Williams is giving away a bump stock device in support of his opposition to restrictions on the devices.
In a statement, he said:
“The tragedy in Las Vegas broke my heart, but any talk of banning or regulating bump stocks is merely cheap political lip service from career politicians.
In reality, the bump stock is the new, shiny object politicians are using to deceive voters into believing they are taking action against gun violence.
Many firearms experts determined the Las Vegas shooter’s use of a bump stock actually prevented more casualties and injuries due to its inconsistency, inaccuracy, and lack of control.
There is zero evidence that banning bump stocks would prevent any gun violence deaths."
The "tragedy in Las Vegas" refers to the October 1 mass shooting at a country music concert during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.
The shooter, Steven Paddock, used several weapons and bump stock devices, which are designed to "increase the rate of fire for semi-automatic weapons."
Legislation has been introduced to ban bump stock devices, but Republican lawmakers have insisted that ATF lead the review on regulations for the device.
During the mass shooting, 58 people were killed and over 500 were injured.
Senator Williams said, "Georgia's gun owners deserve a governor who will stand with them when liberals and Hollywood elites attack our fundamental rights. That's why I am standing for the second amendment and giving away a bump stock as a show of support."
He said, "You cannot regulate evil out of existence. Blaming guns or bump stocks for the actions of a lunatic, is the same as blaming McDonald’s for heart disease". He said that mental health was the factor that politicians should focus on to "reduce gun violence".
Senator Williams' stance on bump stocks came as momentum continues to grow for a ban of the devices.