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Montini: Will lawmakers ban bump stocks and take guns away from abusers?

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An Arizona gun manufacturer demonstrates the use of a rifle equipped with a “bump stock.” Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral.com

Arizona lawmakers have a couple of chances this session to prove they are not completely in the pocket of the gun lobby, and that they possess a teeny tiny, itsy bitsy smidgen of common sense.

I know.

You’re not holding your breath.

On either count.

But these are not difficult or complicated decisions.

First, there is a bill in the Legislature that would ban bump stocks, the devices that attach to semi-automatic weapons and allow them to fire like machine guns.

Vegas shooter’s favorite accessory

The Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddock was said to have had

Read more at: https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/ej-montini/2018/02/12/lawmakers-ban-bump-stocks-and-take-guns-abusers/329698002/

Texas cities can’t ban rapid-fire bump stocks used in Vegas mass …

WASHINGTON — With Congress slow to restrict bump stocks in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, cities in states from Colorado to Massachusetts are taking matters into their own hands.

But gun control advocates aren’t holding their breath for a ban in Texas, where state law prohibits municipalities from restricting firearms and supplies.

“Unfortunately, Texas law actively discourages municipalities and cities from doing the same,” said Lisa Epstein with the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Given this, we haven’t heard of any Texas cities planning to take action to prohibit bump stocks.”

And an influential state legislator said he’s confident that the Legislature would override any city that tried to implement a ban.

Massachusetts became the first state to ban bump stocks in November, one month after the Las Vegas shooting, and New Jersey followed suit last month. Denver and Columbia, S.C., have implemented their own bans.

Read more at: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2018/02/06/texas-cities-cant-ban-rapid-fire-bump-stocks-used-vegas-mass-shooting

Texas cities can’t ban rapid-fire bump stocks used in Vegas mass shooting

WASHINGTON — With Congress slow to restrict bump stocks in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, cities in states from Colorado to Massachusetts are taking matters into their own hands.

But gun control advocates aren’t holding their breath for a ban in Texas, where state law prohibits municipalities from restricting firearms and supplies.

“Unfortunately, Texas law actively discourages municipalities and cities from doing the same,” said Lisa Epstein with the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Given this, we haven’t heard of any Texas cities planning to take action to prohibit bump stocks.”

And an influential state legislator said he’s confident that the legislature would override any city that tried to implement a ban.

Massachusetts became the first state to ban bump stocks in November, one month after the Las Vegas shooting, and New Jersey followed suit last month. The cities of Denver and Columbia, S.C., have all

Read more at: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2018/02/06/texas-cities-cant-ban-rapid-fire-bump-stocks-used-vegas-mass-shooting

Mass shooting survivor helps persuade Senate panel to ban bump stocks

RICHMOND – A survivor of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas helped persuade a Virginia Senate committee Monday to approve a bill outlawing bump stocks, a device that allows a rifle to mimic an automatic weapon.

After hearing from Henrico County resident Cortney Carroll, who was at the country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, where 58 people were killed and 546 injured, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 11-4 for SB 1. It would prohibit Virginians from making, selling or possessing “any device used to increase the rate of fire of any semi-automatic firearm beyond the capability of an unaided person to operate the trigger mechanism of that firearm.”

Carroll, 40, recalled being at the Route 91 Harvest music festival when Stephen Paddock opened fire on 22,000 concertgoers. “The only way I could describe it is, it sounded like a machine gun,” she said. That’s because Paddock,

Read more at: http://wtvr.com/2018/01/15/mass-shooting-survivor-helps-persuade-senate-panel-to-ban-bump-stocks/

Texas Mass Shooting Threatens To Eclipse Issue Of Bump Stocks Entirely

Even the narrowest policy solutions have gone nowhere. After Las Vegas, many Republicans pledged to ban bump stocks, devices that make semi-automatic weapons function like machine guns. Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, 64, was found with a dozen firearms retrofitted with such devices. One month after the shooting, however, bump stocks are still legal and are back on the market.

Read more at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/texas-mass-shooting-bump-stocks_us_5a006ff3e4b0baea26336666

It’s Been One Month Since The Las Vegas Shooting And Bump Stocks Are Still Legal

But momentum for a legislative fix was soon ― and some gun control advocates argue deliberately ― kneecapped when the National Rifle Association, the powerful gun lobby, issued a statement urging the administration to address the matter via existing regulations and not law. Under such a scenario, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or the ATF, would close the loophole via a regulatory change.

Read more at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bump-stocks-congress-las-vegas_us_59f5e721e4b07fdc5fbeb7fa

Bump Stocks and the Lessons We Refused to Learn at Sandy Hook

Gun rights activists gather before a march on November 16th, 2015, in Ferguson, Missouri.

Gun rights activists gather before a march on November 16th, 2015, in Ferguson, Missouri.

On the day after the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded to questions about gun control legislation by telling reporters that “there will certainly be a time for that policy discussion to take place, but that’s not the place that we’re in at this moment.”

Gun stocks on rise after Las Vegas mass shooting

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The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history is now causing gun stocks to increase.
USA TODAY

Shares of gunmakers jumped more than 3% Monday after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

At 12 noon on Wall Street, Storm Ruger (RGR) was up $1.80, or 3.5%, to $53.50 and American Outdoor Brands (AOBC), the former Smith Wesson, rose 65 cents, or 4.3%, to $15.90.

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Read more at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/10/02/gun-stocks-rise-after-las-vegas-mass-shooting/722538001/

Gun-maker stocks rally after mass shooting in Las Vegas

Shares of gun makers rallied Monday, in the wake of what has been described as the deadliest mass shooting on U.S. soil.

Smith Wesson parent American Outdoor Brands Corp.’s stock

AOBC, +3.21%

 jumped 3.8% in midday trade toward a three-week high, Sturm, Ruger Co. Inc. shares

Read more at: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gun-maker-stocks-surge-after-mass-shooting-in-las-vegas-2017-10-02