Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is jumping on the ban bump stocks bandwagon. This week, the Democrat called on lawmakers to ban the popular range toy during the 2018 legislative session.
“Now, in the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting, it is clear that bump stocks have no place in our society,’’ Malloy said. “The Las Vegas shooter was able to fire 90 rounds every 10 seconds, leading to the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.’’
“Simply put, these devices are cheap, they are deadly, and they are completely and utterly unnecessary in our society,” he continued.
The specific bill he is pushing for would also prohibit the sale and possession of trigger cranks, binary triggers and other systems that meet the definition of “rate of fire enhancements.”
July 1st of this year is when the law would take effect. Violators would be charged with a Class D felony.
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However, there is a two-year grandfather clause for permitted gun owners currently in possession of such devices. They won’t escape punishment. But instead of receiving the felony charge for a first offense, that’d be slapped with an infraction and a $90 fine. That exemption expires in 2020.
“I don’t think we should wait for more tragedy, for more senseless deaths before we act to protect residents,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said in a press release.
“The Governor’s initiative takes a smart, well-reasoned approach to bump stocks,” she continued. “As state leaders, we should have the courage to pass commonsense, anti-violence legislation to help avoid the types of tragedies that we experienced here in Connecticut and that we see continuing throughout the nation.”
Massachusetts was the first state to ban bump stocks following Vegas. Lawmakers in New Jersey have also passed a bill to ban bump stocks. That bill has been sent to the desk of outgoing Gov. Chris Christie.