Culpeper Star-Exponent: Spanberger calls for vote to codify ban on civilian use of bump stocks


he Closing the Bump Stock Loophole Act would codify a ban for civilian use under federal law of the mechanism used for firing bullets in rapid succession.

U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, last week joined 67 of colleagues in urging Speaker Mike Johnson to bring the bipartisan legislation to the House floor for a vote.

The gun accessory attached to assault rifles generates automatic fire with a single trigger pull, allowing a shooter to fire at a rate of 400 to 800 rounds per minute, according to a release from the congresswoman’s office.

A bump stock was used during the 2017 music festival shooting in Las Vegas, which remains the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The bill banning them for civilian use would also limit “gun industry loopholes” related to all parts and modifications that similarly increase the rate of fire, according to the release.

A letter to the House Speaker seeking the ban comes after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Garland v. Cargill, a challenge to a 2018 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives rulemaking that deemed bump stocks illegal for civilian use. If the court sides with the challenge to the rule, civilian use of bump stocks would again be allowed.

“We urge you to bring forward legislation to permanently codify bump stocks as illegal,” said Spanberger and her colleagues. “Bringing this proposal to the floor would heed the advice of the Fifth Circuit Court in calling for legislative action by Congress, reduce regulatory and judicial jockeying on the matter as has been the case in years past, and keep Americans safe from devices that transform lawful semiautomatic firearms into machine guns — the kinds of firearms that have been illegal for civilian use for decades.”

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