Senate Bill 5992, to be introduced to the state Legislature, would ban gun parts intended to increase the weapon’s rate of fire.
The statute includes a ban on products that produce rapid bursts or other trigger functions. This includes bump stocks, devices that can be attached to a semi automatic weapon to increase its firing rate. A trigger crank is a similar device that also increases a firearm’s rate. Turning the crank allows a user to discharge several shots per revolution.
In October, Stephen Paddock killed 59 people and injured more than 500 attending a country music concert in Las Vegas. The crime has been called the worst mass shooting in our nation’s history.
Authorities reported that Paddock had 23 guns in his hotel room, which overlooked the country music venue. Two of his weapons had bump stocks to allow them to fire rapidly.
Even before it is heard in committee, the proposed bill has drawn fire from opponents.
“The broad and overreaching provisions in SB 5992 could potentially criminalize firearm modifications such as competition triggers, muzzle brakes, and ergonomic changes that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability,” the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action wrote in an article on their website.
Laura Cutilletta, legal director of Giffords Law Center, takes issue with the notion that trigger cranks add any value to hunting or range shooting.
“These devices make semi automatic firearms particularly lethal especially if they are in the wrong hands,” she said. “The federal restrictions on machine guns have been effective. These devices are an attempt to skirt those regulations. If the federal government doesn’t crack down on the use of these devices then states need to step in and do so.”