Monday, October 9, 2017

Orlando lawmaker proposes 'bump stock' ban in Florida

Posted By on Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 11:38 AM

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Little more than a week after a massacre in Las Vegas, a Florida state senator Monday proposed banning devices —- known as “bump stocks” —- that can be used to increase the rate of firing bullets from semi-automatic weapons.

Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, filed the bill (SB 456) for consideration during the 2018 legislative session, which starts in January.

Bump stocks have drawn widespread attention since Stephen Paddock fired guns Oct. 1 from a window at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds of others who had gathered for a country-music concert. Paddock, who also killed himself, had modified weapons to make them fire more rapidly.

Stewart's bill would ban the possession and sale of bump stocks in Florida.

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