Cicilline Introduces Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and nearly 100 co-sponsors introduced legislation today to ban the manufacture, possession, transfer, sale, or importation of bump stocks like the one used to murder 59 innocent men and women earlier this week in Las Vegas.

“No person should possess a device that turns a semi-automatic rifle into the equivalent of a machine gun,” said Cicilline, who serves as Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. “The sole purpose of these devices is to fire as many bullets as possible as quickly as possible. I’m introducing this bill today because we cannot become a country where the carnage in Las Vegas becomes the new normal.”

“The victims and families in Las Vegas don’t need an explanation about the difference between machine guns and firearms with bump stocks. They need action,” Rep. Dina Titus (NV-01), a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, said. “I am introducing this legislation with Rep. Cicilline in hopes of closing this dangerous loophole and ensuring that civilians cannot modify their guns to fire nine bullets per second. This is the least that we can do.”

The Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act prohibits the sale of bump stocks, which were developed within the past decade to modify semi-automatic rifles. When replacing the fixed stock on a rifle, a bump stock allows the shooter to fire at a rate of 400 to 800 rounds per minute, replicating the rate of fire of a fully automatic weapon (or “machine gun”) that propels multiple bullets with a single trigger pull.

Last night, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) confirmed that the Las Vegas shooter had 12 bump stocks attached to rifles in his hotel room. Audio from the attack indicates he was able to fire his weapons at a rate of 9 bullets per second during an attack that lasted 9 to 11 minutes.

Fully automatic firearms are highly-regulated, requiring an extensive FBI background check and approval from the buyer’s local police department. Several states, including California, New York, and Rhode Island, have generally prohibited the possession of fully automatic firearms. The sale of bump stocks, however, was approved by the U.S. Government in 2010.

A PDF copy of the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act can be downloaded by clicking here.

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