Skip to comments.Gov. Jay Inslee calls for ‘bump stock ban’ law in Washington, echoed in D.C.
Posted on 10/04/2017 8:23:49 AM PDT by PROCON
Bump-fire or slide-fire stocks use the rifles recoil to help simulate full-auto fire. (Photo: Slide Fire Solutions)
In the wake of Sundays mass shooting in Las Vegas, Washingtons chief executive wants action to prevent what he termed machine gun massacres by banning a specific type of firearm accessory.
Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, in a statement released Tuesday, argued the time to act to prevent gun violence is now and gave lawmakers marching orders for directed legislation.
This session the legislature needs to ban bump-stocks and other devices that turn legal semi-automatic firearms into lethal fully-automatic machine guns, said Inslee. We must make sure people intent on causing mass destruction and loss of life wont be aided by lax laws that give them unfettered access to military-style weaponry.
Although he said the state has made progress in passing new gun regulations in recent years, such as expanded background checks and establishing emergency court orders to seize firearms from those thought to be at-risk, the Governor urged quick action in the interest of public safety.
To those who say we cant talk about machine gun massacres right after the massacre: Im done waiting for the right time to talk about it. The cant talk about it now crowd is killing us, he said.
Bump fire or slide fire stocks have grown in popularity in recent years. Starting at $100, the over-the-counter accessories rely on a rifles recoil system to simulate full-auto fire without the need of a tax stamp due to National Firearms Act regulations on machine guns. As the devices still require the users finger to pull the trigger each time, they are generally unregulated. However, the technique of bump firing a gun even without a device is simple, with numerous online tutorials.
While guns capable of select- and full-auto fire were commonly available under the NFA, the 1986 Hughes Amendment halted production of new firearms for civilian transfers, sending prices skyrocketing for transferable pre-86 weapons and components in the past 30 years.
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the shooter in Las Vegas modified a dozen guns with devices such as bump fire stocks. The fatal shooting claimed at least 59 lives and sent hundreds to area hospitals.
In the days immediately following the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando last year, state and regional gun control groups in the Pacific Northwest launched a drive to establish a ban on what they term assault weapons and ultimately magazines capable of holding more than five rounds of ammunition. Leaders of the effort called for new sales of such firearms to be halted and existing guns registered, citing mass shootings involving AR-15s and similar weapons.
The Washington State Legislature is divided with Republicans holding a one-seat majority in the state Senate while Democrats have slim control over the House, meaning Inslee would need a modicum of bipartisan support to move a bump fire ban through to his desk.
The specter of a prohibition on the devices could extend beyond the West Coast. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, on Tuesday called action on the accessory one of her highest priorities.
A ban on bump fire stocks was included in my 2013 assault weapons bill, and Im looking at how best to proceed with legislation to finally close this loophole, said Feinstein. This is the least we should do in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
This gun grabbing liberal is in the same mold as Gov. Moonbeam out of California.
Anything for more gun control he'll happily sign.
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Do we know if he even used that?
A lot of info we haven’t gotten yet
Better outlaw rubber bands, too, just to be safe.
We do know that he did.
Nah, just normal everyday liberal jerk. Knees are for Sundays now apparently.
Anyway, I haven’t used a “bump stock” and “I” don’t “need” one but I do have a question for anyone has used one. Do you just slap it on 12 weapons and KNOW it’s going to work? Or do you go someplace and ensure the functionality. Seems to me it would be the latter. Anyone else that saw the leaked pics notice the neatly stacked 100 round mags? Obvioulsy they hadn’t been used by the time the alleged(let’s keep the 4th floor option going) shooter. Unless the guy was really ocd.
That matters not to liberals.
Well that didn’t take long. Remember, it’s for the children.
I’ve seen he had a couple in the room,but I hadn’t read just which ones he used.
But I’m not fully up on all the news.
I generally give these things a couple of days before I believe anything the media says
Knee jerk much, Governor ?
He doesn't do ANYTHING unless he has a text message from the DNC telling him what to say. You can almost bet on it. (as a WA resident, I watch that daily)
When to they ban anti-anxiety meds and guns?
Let’s compromise. Have Trump order ATF NFA branch to have total amnesty for next few years on filing Form 4s? THAT will stop Dems in their tracks....or better yet repeal of Chapter 4 of GCA and 18 USC 922(o)
There should be a law that laws can’t be pushed during aftermath of tragedy. Laws were never meant to be emotional tools, usually knee-jerk laws are the worst. .
Call it the Rahm Emanuel Act (never let good crisis go to waste)
they do understand that “bump firing” can still be accomplished without this item??....lol..retards.
Liberals always look for the quickest feel good answer to things they know nothing about.
I have a COPY of a thirty year old VCR tape showing how one can convert almost any semi-rifle made in the last 120 years to full auto using piano wire, rubber bands, shoe strings. It was filmed to try and get the SCOTUS to remove the full auto ban enacted back then.
Transcribed it to DVD. Hidden within ten miles of here-just in case.
You cant legislate the laws of physics. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
First they came after the stocks, then they come after your rubber bands.
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