State lawmakers propose banning purchase of bump-fire stocks in NY

October 05, 2017 11:31 PM

In the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, state lawmakers are rallying behind a bill that would ban the type of device that accelerates the firing rate of a semi-automatic weapon.

A bipartisan proposal announced Thursday would make bump-fire stocks illegal. This bill would close any loopholes that now allow people to purchase and possess what can be a deadly piece of equipment.

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"I think the best word to use is 'ineffective,'" said Brandon Lewis, The Firing Pin. "I think the SAFE Act targeted a firearm that is rarely used in crimes."

Brandon Lewis says the state government is at it again, pushing for a law that won't really stop the kind or horror a gunman meted out on an unsuspecting crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas.

A bump-fire stock, a plastic accessory you can buy to make your rifle simulate fully automatic gunfire, is illegal to use in New York, but not illegal to purchase. A bipartisan proposal would make the sale or possession of bump stocks illegal in the state.

"Long guns in general are very minimally used in crimes," Lewis says. "It's mostly handguns. A firearm like this -- yes this was a tragedy -- but statistically [there's] so small of a chance a gun like this is ever used by a criminal."

"There's really only two reasons you would have one of these: one is to have fun, and the other is to -- as we saw in Las Vegas -- kill as many people as you can in as short amount of time as possible," says Gary Pudup, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

Retired Monroe County Sheriff's Lt. Gary Pudup is a registered gun owner. He's also the Western New York representative for New Yorkers against Gun Violence. He says there a direct correlation between strict gun laws and fewer gun deaths. He says everyday 90 people died from gunfire.

"You have to remember there's still are 200 other people who are shot and wounded every day," Pudup says. "That's almost 300 people every day. That's unacceptable; that's status quo."

If this bill passes, gun owners who already have bump-fire stocks, trigger cranks, or similar devices would have 120 days to turn them in without penalty.


Lynette Adams

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