The governor announced that he is proposing legislation to ban the purchase and sale of “rate of fire enhancements.”
The proposed legislation would ban the purchase of items such as bump stocks, binary trigger systems, and trigger cranks that the governor said would “build upon Connecticut’s smart, commonsense, and nationally recognized gun reform legislation.”
“Bump stocks are cheap, they are deadly, and they have no place in our society,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said.
“Rate of fire enhancements” would be defined by the proposed legislation “as any device, component, part, combination of parts, attachment, or accessory that uses energy from the recoil of the firearm to generate a reciprocating action that facilitates repeated operation of the trigger, including but not limited to bump stocks; repeatedly operates the trigger through the use of a crank, lever or other part, including but not limited to trigger cranks, except for in cases where firearms that are otherwise legally possessed were designed and manufactured to fire through the use of such crank, lever or other part; causes a semiautomatic firearm to fire more than one round per operation of the trigger, where the trigger pull and reset constitute a single operation of the trigger, including but not limited to binary trigger systems; or is constructed, manufactured, designed or intended to mechanically increase the rate of fire of a firearm in any way.”
During a news conference at Connecticut State Police headquarters on Tuesday morning, Malloy criticized federal inaction on sensible gun laws.
“In Connecticut, we refuse to allow federal inaction to endanger the lives of our residents, despite the best efforts of powerful lobbyists from the NRA. Our state has long been a champion in the fight against gun violence, and today we take a step towards further cementing our reputation as a leader in smart, safe, and commonsense gun reform,” Malloy said.