Connecticut Is the Seventh State to Prohibit Bump Stocks Following the Las Vegas Mass Shooting
HARTFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement praising Gov. Dannel Malloy for signing legislation that will prohibit bump stocks and other conversion devices. It will now be illegal in Connecticut to own, manufacture or sell bump stocks, trigger cranks and other firearm conversion devices that effectively allow semi-automatic firearms to mimic the firing speeds of machine guns.
Machine guns have been tightly regulated under federal law since the 1930s, but bump stocks and other rapid-fire devices are designed to skirt the law and mimic automatic gunfire and can greatly increase the lethality of shootings. Guns equipped with bump stocks were used in the tragic Las Vegas shooting, in which 58 people were shot and killed and over 700 more injured in 10 minutes. Connecticut is the seventh state to prohibit bump stocks following the Las Vegas shooting, including New Jersey, Maryland, Vermont, Florida, Washington and Massachusetts.
STATEMENT FROM KARA BAEKEY, VOLUNTEER LEADER WITH THE CONNECTICUT CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“We are proud that Connecticut made these dangerous devices illegal. Today’s bill signing is an important reminder that Connecticut is once again leading the country in gun safety legislation.”
STATEMENT FROM JOHN FEINBLATT, PRESIDENT OF EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:
“I applaud Governor Malloy and the Connecticut General Assembly for banning bump stocks and similar devices, which make an end-run around federal law by turning rifles into machine guns. This law is further proof that the leaders of Connecticut are committed to doing everything possible to protect their citizens from gun violence.”