A Mankato state representative is pleased that the governor has voiced support for his bill, which clarifies the ban on bump stocks.

Mankato D.F.L. State Representative Jack Considine.

The 2017 Las Vegas shooting left 58 people dead and 851 injured, and the killer used a bump stock to increase his rate of fire.

Representative Jack Considine said a 1993 state law already bans the sale of bump stocks, but, “There are some loopholes and people in Minnesota are buying them. I do not want law enforcement in Minnesota to walk into a situation where, all of a sudden, they are facing automatic weapons.”

Considine said the device that turns a semi-automatic weapon into, essentially, and automatic one can be purchased on the web. “You can go right now onto Cabella’s website and purchase them over the internet,” he said, and added, “You would think this is something that Second Amendment people would want to get behind because it takes a legal weapon and turns it illegal.

Governor Dayton supports measures proposed by state legislators to clarify that Minnesota law already bars the sale and use of bump fire stocks.