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Agreement Reached on Bump Stock Ban in Massachusetts



    Mass. House Approves Bump Stock Ban

    The Massachusetts House of Representatives moved to ban bump stocks, which let semi-automatic guns mimic fully automatic guns.

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017)

    Massachusetts lawmakers have agreed on language that calls for a ban on "bump stocks," devices that can increase the firing rate of a weapon. 

    The state would be the first to ban bump stocks since the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. 

    Investigators say the gunman who opened fire on a Las Vegas music festival, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more, used the device that allows a semi-automatic firearm to mimic a fully automatic one. 

    The proposed ban was added to an $85 million budget bill. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker supports a ban. 

    Mass. Gov. Baker Weighs in on Bump Stocks

    [NECN] Mass. Gov. Baker Weighs in on Bump Stocks

    Massachusetts. Gov. Charlie Baker doesn't often show his hand when asked about legislation he would support or veto, but four days after the mass shooting in Las Vegas - Baker had no problem weighing in on a bill that would ban "bump stocks."

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017)

    Lawmakers were initially considering banning any device that attaches to a rifle or shotgun to increase the discharge rate, which gun rights advocates opposed. 

    They adopted narrower language specifically prohibiting bump stocks and trigger cranks. 

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