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Sen. Ron Johnson weighs in on DOJ announcement to ban bump stocks

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DOJ submitted a new regulation Saturday to ban bump stocks. DOJ submitted a new regulation Saturday to ban bump stocks.

MADISON (WKOW) --- The Trump administration is taking its first step on gun control. The Department of Justice (DOJ) formally submitted a new regulation Saturday to ban bump stocks, the modifications that can amp up a gun's firing capability.

Police said the shooter in Las Vegas used bump stocks last fall to kill 58 people and hurt more than 800 others.

While visiting Madison Saturday for the Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner at Monona Terrace, republican Senator Ron Johnson weighed in on the DOJ announcement saying he isn't surprised by the move.

“Automatic weapons are already illegal. Converting a semiautomatic to an automatic weapon is illegal. So the bump stock actually counts as the same thing. It would surprise me if the ATF to do that,” Johnson said.

Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin supported the idea for pushing gun safety measures, including a ban on bump stocks, when President Trump first announced his intention last month.

But the proposed ban now places the president squarely at odds with the NRA.

“The NRA doesn't back any ban. the NRA has asked the ATF to do its job and make sure that these classifications are consistent,” said NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch.

Johnson feels Congress should act and ban guns based on the operational characteristics of the weapon.

“Let's define what an automatic weapon is. Let's define how many rounds per second, per minute. And then you can judge a bump stock against that operational standard.”

But he also supports improving our gun laws.

“I've sincerely supported improvements in our gun laws. When it comes down to clamping down on straw purchases, making sure that we incentivize every jurisdiction to upload the information into the instant background check.”

Johnson also discussed the lawsuit filed against the state of Florida by the NRA after the state raised the legal age to purchase a gun from 18 to 21. He said he would not support similar legislation here in Wisconsin.

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