Bump Stock, Ghost Gun Ban Advances

April 5, 2018

To make our communities safe, I proposed new legislation at the start of this session to combat gun violence. I asked my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support a ban on ghost guns and bump stocks, a device used in the killing of 58 people last year in Las Vegas.

Today I am very happy to tell you that the Judiciary Committee has voted to send the legislation to the full House and Senate for final approval. By approving the legislation, we honored the intent of the gun laws we approved five years ago, which state that automatic rifles have no place in our state.

Bump stocks are after-market products that can be attached to a semiautomatic gun to make it essentially a fully automatic gun, the weapon we banned five years ago after the tragic mass killing of children and adults in Sandy Hook.

Ghost guns are partially completed weapons that do not meet the federal definition of a firearm and can be sold without background checks to anyone. With a little effort, a purchaser can complete the assembly and have an automatic gun. The guns have no serial number and can be a path to gun ownership for felons and people with mental illnesses or those who have been convicted of domestic violence.

While the steps we have taken alone are not enough to end the national epidemic of gun violence, they are moves in the right direction.