Few attendees at meeting on Massachusetts ‘bump stock’ ban

The House and Senate approved separate versions of the measure

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, shooting instructor Frankie McRae demonstrates the grip on an AR-15 rifle fitted with a bump stock at his 37 PSR Gun Club in Bunnlevel, N.C. Massachusetts is on its way to becoming the first state since the Las Vegas shooting massacre to outlaw devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to mimic fully automatic guns. The Massachusetts Senate voted 33-0 on Thursday, Oct. 12, to ban the sale of bump stocks and trigger cranks, attachments that increase the firing rate of a weapon. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Only a handful of people have attended a brief “informational” hearing on a proposal to ban in Massachusetts devices that can increase the firing rate of weapon.

The House and Senate approved separate versions of the measure in the days following the mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas. Investigators say the gunman used a “bump stock” that allows a semi-automatic firearm to mimic a fully automatic one.

Lawmakers acted without first holding a public hearing as is typical with most legislation.

Senators said Wednesday’s hearing at the Statehouse offered a chance for public input before the bill’s final language was determined.

The head of the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts, Jim Wallace, says he chose not to speak because there was no point in “testifying about something that has already happened.”


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