Hampton applauds the House's passage of bump stock ban

May 2, 2018

Simsbury’s State Representative John Hampton applauded House lawmakers for taking a step toward tackling the national epidemic of gun violence by passing legislation that would ban bump stocks.

House Bill 5542, “An Act Concerning Bump Stocks and Other Means of Enhancing the Rate of Fire of a Firearm,” passed the state House of Representatives in a 114 to 35 vote May 1, and now heads to the state Senate for further consideration.

Through HB 5542, devices that enhance the firing capability of a gun – such as those used in the Las Vegas massacre – would be banned.

“While our state has worked to pass some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, the safety of our children and our families remains a top priority. By passing legislation that prohibits the sale, transfer, possession, manufacture or use of a bump stock we show that automatic rifles have no place in our schools, public places or communities. This is common-sense legislation that will help address the national epidemic of gun violence,” said Hampton, who co-sponsored the bill.