Push for ‘bump stock’ ban slowed by process, language

Gun rights advocates say the House language is unnecessarily broad

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2013, file photo, an employee of North Raleigh Guns demonstrates how a "bump" stock works at the Raleigh, N.C., shop. The gunman who unleashed hundreds of rounds of gunfire on a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, attached what is called a "bump-stock" to two of his weapons, in effect converting semiautomatic firearms into fully automatic ones. (AP Photo/Allen Breed, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Procedural issues and disagreements appear to have stalled at least temporarily a proposed ban in Massachusetts on “bump stocks,” devices intended to increase the rate at which a firearm discharges.

State lawmakers seemed poised to quickly approve a first-in-the-nation ban in the days following the mass shooting that killed 58 people at a Las Vegas music festival. But language differs in the House and Senate versions of the measure, which is attached to an $85 million appropriations bill that also must be reconciled by the two chambers.

The House version does not specifically mention bump stocks but would cover almost any device intended to increase the rate of discharge. The proposed Senate ban would be limited to bump stocks and trigger cranks.

Gun rights advocates say the House language is unnecessarily broad.


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