Sen. Hassan to introduce gun legislation targeting modifications such as 'bump stocks'
October 04. 2017 10:09PM
WASHINGTON — Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH, announced Wednesday she will help introduce legislation designed to prevent modifications that allow for the rapid fire of semi-automatic weapons.
Hassan said the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act would close a loophole that permits the sale and use of modifications such as bump stocks, which allow for guns to fire at rates of 400 to 800 rounds per minute.
Automatic weapons, she said, have been illegal for more than 30 years.
“As we continue to mourn the victims of the horrific attack in Las Vegas and their loved ones, we must finally act to address the gun violence that plagues our nation,” Hassan said in a statement. “While automatic weapons have been illegal for decades, some firearm accessories allow shooters to fire at similar rates to that of automatic guns, and we know that the shooter in Las Vegas possessed such accessories.”
Authorities have said that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock used a bump-stock kit to increase the rate of fire of the weapons that killed 59 people on Sunday, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
The bill would ban the sale, transfer, importation, manufacture or possession of bump stocks, trigger cranks and similar accessories that accelerate a semi-automatic rifle’s rate of fire.
Under the National Firearms Act, the sale, manufacture and transfer of automatic weapons are illegal. Semi-automatic rifles typically have a rate of fire between 45 and 60 rounds per minute.