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Will Las Vegas rampage result in stricter gun laws?

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The debate over gun control re-ignited after the revelations that some 23 firearms were recovered n the Las Vegas shooter's hotel suite.

Sources revealing Tuesday that he had two devices that can illegally modify semi-automatic guns to be fully automatic.

It is something we first reported on the CBS 58 News at 4 on Monday when local gun experts were listening to recordings of the rampage as a country music festival was ending along the strip Sunday evening.

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Gun rights advocates say this is a clear example of someone breaking existing laws, proving the point that restrictions have no impact on those with evil intent.

"There are certain things we in society can do to prevent crime," Nik Clark of Wisconsin Conceal Carry tells CBS 58 News. "But there is always going to be evil that exists. So, if we want to focus on the type of weapon, I don't think we will address the core problem. That might include the realization that some of these things can't be prevented."


The suspect's family says it is shocked by the dozens of weapons, ammunition and explosives investigators say they recovered at his home.

They only knew of a couple of handguns.

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords who survived a shooting at a campaign event and her husband, Astronaut Mark Kelly, just happened to be on Capitol Hill this week and were among the first to lament what they call a lack of action, time after tragic time.

"For years, Gabby and I have been working to get the people in this building," Kelly said pointing to the Capitol. "To get them to summon the courage to take meaningful action that will make our communities safer places to live."

Gun control advocates believe if the assault weapons ban hadn't expired, some of the magazines and weapons used by the gunman whouldn't have been available.

Attempt to reinstate the ban have repeatedly failed.

Tim Schmidt, Founder & President of the United States Concealed Carry Association issued the following statement:

"On behalf of myself, my family and the entire USCCA community, our hearts go out to the many innocent victims and their families of this tragedy. We should trust that law enforcement is now going to do its job of tracking down the reason behind this shooting and the facts will reveal themselves. While the motive of the shooter is unknown or how he obtained his weapon, it is clear that this is a shocking act committed by the hands of a madman. Our country must come together now as Americans to condemn this senseless violence and offer to comfort to those in need."


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