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Paul Doyle

Representing Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill & Wethersfield

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Sen. Doyle Leads Final Passage of Bill Banning Bump Stocks in CT

Rapid-fire devices can turn semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic machine guns

HARTFORD, CT – Senator Paul Doyle (D-Wethersfield) tonight led passage of critical public safety legislation banning bump stocks which can turn semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons. Bump stocks are devices that transform the firing mechanism of a semi-automatic weapon into a weapon that fires like a fully automatic weapon; a bump stock was used in the Las Vegas shooting, where the shooter was able to fire an estimated 90 shots in 10 seconds. It also makes the weapon less accurate.

“Tonight in the Senate, we voted to improve the safety of Connecticut residents by banning sale of bump stocks in our state,” Sen. Doyle, co-chair of the state legislature’s Judiciary Committee, said. “This is common-sense gun safety reform that more than 80 percent of Americans agree with. I was proud move this legislation forward in the Judiciary Committee on behalf of the people of Connecticut and to lead bipartisan passage of this bill in the Senate. Banning these bump stocks will move us closer to making our state a safe place where people want to raise their families.”

HB 5542, An Act Concerning Bump Stocks and Other Means of Enhancing the Rate of Fire of a Firearm, generally makes it a class D felony for anyone, except a licensed firearms manufacturer fulfilling a military contract, to sell, offer to sell, otherwise transfer, or offer to transfer, purchase, possess, use, or manufacture a “rate of fire enhancement” (e.g., a bump stock). By law, a class D felony is punishable by up to five years in prison, a fine up to $5,000, or both.

Massachusetts, California, Washington, Vermont, New Jersey, Hawaii, and Florida have already passed laws banning bump stocks and other rapid-fire devices.

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