FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2017
Legislation Banning “Bump-Fire” Stocks to be Introduced in Maryland in 2018
Device Used in Vegas Shooting allows Semi-Automatic Weapons to Fire Continuously
BALTIMORE, MD – Maryland State Senator Bill Ferguson and Delegate David Moon plan to introduce legislation that would ban the sale of bump-fire stocks and any accessory that is designed to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic firearm during Maryland’s 2018 legislative session if Congress fails to act by January 2018. Bump-fire stocks and other devices can turn semi-automatic weapons into firearms that can discharge at a rate of 400 to 800 rounds per minute. A bump-fire device was used to retrofit semi-automatic weapons used in the Las Vegas massacre that killed 59 and injured another 500.
“The shooter in Las Vegas was able to spray hundreds of bullets in minutes with a gun that would have been illegal if not for a loophole in our current gun laws,” said Jen Pauliukonis, President for Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence. “We can do better. We plan to work with lawmakers to ensure Maryland continues to enjoy some the nation’s strongest gun laws and we urge Congress to look to Maryland’s gun laws as a national model.”
Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence recognizes that Congress has introduced two similar bills this week, including one introduced by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.), the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act. MPGV believes these bills have good intentions, but we urge Congress to take further action to address gun violence more broadly on the national level. Our national leaders must enact an assault weapons ban and limitation on magazine capacity in addition to a ban on these deadly accessories. This is not the time to compromise with the gun lobby. If Congress fails to act, Maryland’s legislators will push forward with a ban on these accessory devices as they did in 2013 when they passed a state-level assault weapons ban.
Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence was proud to stand with Maryland legislators against the gun lobby to pass the Firearms Safety Act in 2013, and we’re proud to stand with Senator Ferguson and Delegate Moon in 2018. Passing a state ban on bump-fire stocks and other accessories will supplement and strengthen our current Maryland Assault Weapons Ban.
“Congress has continually failed to pass any meaningful gun legislation after each tragic mass shooting and despite daily gun violence on our streets,” said Maryland State Senator Bill Ferguson (Baltimore). “If they refuse to pass an Assault Weapons Ban, including a prohibition on ‘bump slide’ accessories, it is imperative that Maryland leaders work to close this dangerous loophole. We need more than thoughts and prayers; we need action.”
Delegate David Moon added, “Maryland law intends to restrict assault weapons in our state, and technology should not be used to bypass these regulations. As we learn about the tactics mass shooters use after each tragedy, we have an imperative to close loopholes we find. Banning bump-fire stocks is a common-sense response to uphold the spirit of existing laws in Maryland.”
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