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Governor proposes legislation to ban bump stocks

Governor proposes legislation to ban bump stocks”

The devices allow guns to fire at a rapid rate, similar to an automatic weapon.

The Las Vegas shooter had equipped with bump stocks 12 of the 23 weapons he had in his 32nd-floor hotel room last October when he showered fire on concert goers and killed 58 and wounded hundreds.

"Bump stocks are cheap, they are deadly, and they have no place in our society", Governor Malloy said.

At a news conference Tuesday, Malloy pointed out to Connecticut's leadership in the fight against gun violence.

"We have been very fortunate in Connecticut to have a Governor who has been so supportive with passing commonsense gun laws and instrumental in making Connecticut among the states with the strongest gun laws", Jeremy Stein, Executive Director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence, said.

Malloy's proposed bill would make possession or sale of such a device a Class D felony in CT, carrying the threat of a five-year prison term.

Possession and sale of bump stocks and other rate-of-fire enhancers would be felonies carrying up to five years in prison. Federal officials also are considering regulating or banning the devices.

If passed, CT would be the third state in the U.S.to explicitly ban bump stocks.

"Bump stocks and other risky rapid-fire devices allow semi-automatic firearms to approach the firing speeds of machine guns - this is entirely unacceptable".

It is a credit to the NRA that it recognizes the dubious role of a bump stock, even among the most unyielding of gun enthusiasts. This is a common-sense action created to protect the citizens of CT. "Congress needs to follow our lead and make sure no one in the country can buy these devices".

Connecticut's governor says his top legislative priority for 2018 will be to tighten the state's gun laws, outlawing bump stocks and other weapons modifiers.



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