A Democrat in the Florida Senate from Orlando has filed a bill that would ban the sale of “bump stocks” in the state.
Linda Stewart said she is hopeful for bipartisan support. Some Republicans in Congress have said they were open to the idea of banning them nationwide.
Bump stock devices are used to make a semiautomatic weapon fire faster. It’s a replacement of a rifle’s standard stock. It essentially frees the firearm to slide back and forth more rapidly.
Twelve of the weapons the gunman had in his hotel room during the Las Vegas mass shooting were equipped with bump stocks. The massacre occurred on October 1st when Stephen Paddock fired several weapons from the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas, killing 58 and injuring hundreds of others.
“I don’t think you can rely on Congress to get much done. I need to move forward in the state of Florida to make this illegal,” Stewart said.
Stewart said it hasn’t been decided yet whether current owners of bump stocks in Florida would be asked to give them up or register them with the state.
“My bill would make it illegal to retrofit semi-automatics to be automatic,” said the state senator. Stewart’s proposal will be up for consideration in January.