State Becomes First to Ban Bump Stock Devices

About one month after the attack in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and injured over 500 more, the first state in the union has banned possession of bump stock devices. That state is the left-wing Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Several other states had proposed new laws that were allegedly aimed at banning the devices because of the highly emotionally-charged nature of the topic. After all, the deranged shooter in Las Vegas used a bump stock on several weapons to fire upon the crowd in a similar, albeit lesser, rate of fire to that of a machine gun.

In the usual Statist places, California, Massachusetts, Ilinois, etc., Democratic lawmakers and even some Republicans hopped on board the emotionally-charged bandwagon and sped towards banning the device. It was only a question of which state would get to it first.

Turns out that Massachusetts won the race. Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, acting on behalf of Governor Charlie Baker, signed the bill into law, along with several other provisions in the bill.

SECTION 18. Section 121 of chapter 140 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “gun”, in line 100, the following words:- ; provided, however, that “machine gun” shall include bump stocks and trigger cranks.

SECTION 19. Said section 121 of said chapter 140, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting after the definition of “Assault weapon” the following definition:- “Bump stock”, any device for a weapon that increases the rate of fire achievable with such weapon by using energy from the recoil of the weapon to generate a reciprocating action that facilitates repeated activation of the trigger.

Back in October, just a few days after the attack, State Representative David Linksy wrote the following on his social media page:

Today, the Massachusetts Legislature passed an amendment I filed banning the purchase, ownership, or sale of a device known as a “bump stock.” A bump stock, which was used by the shooter in Las Vegas, is a device that uses the recoil of a semiautomatic firearm to fire several shots in succession, mimicking automatic gun fire. These devices have one purpose, and one purpose only – to kill and to wound as many people as possible in a short period of time. They have no place in civilized society, and today in the Massachusetts House, we took an important step towards strengthening our state’s gun laws and maintaining the safety of our Commonwealth. I thank House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and the rest of my colleagues for taking a stand on this issue of public safety. This legislation will save lives, and I hope that our representatives in Congress will look at what we have done today in Massachusetts and take steps at the federal level to ban bump stocks.

The usual Statist rhetoric there; the idea that they “have no place in civilized society” is a Statist phrase that plays off the passions of the people, which were inflamed after the attack (and understandably so).

But his claim that the sole purpose is to “kill and to wound as many people as possible in a short period of time” is probably the most demagogic phrase of the entire post.

Nonetheless, the gun grabbers duly did their thing and got the bill signed into law. I anticipate that more states with legislators hostile to gun owners will continue in their assault on innocent people and inanimate objects.

H/T Bearing Arms