Pennsylvania

Wolf backs ban on 'bump stocks' used by Las Vegas gunman

'This should be commonsense,' governor says

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is urging Pennsylvania lawmakers to outlaw devices known as bump stocks used in the Las Vegas mass shooting that allow semi-automatic weapons to mimic the rapid fire of an automatic weapon.

"The massacre in Las Vegas was made worse by the shooter's ability to fire his military-grade weapons more rapidly at concertgoers and police," Wolf said.

Wolf's statement on Tuesday came on the heels of several lawmakers saying they will introduce legislation to outlaw the devices. Wolf called them "unnecessary and dangerous."

Democratic Reps. Madeleine Dean of Montgomery County and Dom Costa of Allegheny County and Republican Sen. Pat Browne of Lehigh County have thus far said they will introduce legislation to ban bump stocks.

"Bipartisan legislators are rightfully sounding the alarm that these devices should not be legal in Pennsylvania," Wolf said. "Given the bipartisan nature, this should be commonsense for the General Assembly to swiftly pass to protect Pennsylvanians."

Pennsylvania already makes it illegal to sell, use or possess machine guns, sawed-off shotguns and grenades.

At the federal level, the National Rifle Association is opposing a ban on bump stocks by Congress.

A "bump-stock" replaces a rifle's typical stock, which is held against the shoulder, and allows the weapon to slide back and forth, which uses the kickback of the weapon to allow the shooter to fire at a much more rapid rate.


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