A bill introduced by Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30, Alexandria) to ban Bump Stocks and similar devices failed to advance from the Senate Finance Committee on a 6-10 vote.
SB 1, introduced by Senator Ebbin, would have prohibited the use, sale, purchase, and distribution of Bump Stocks or any device designed to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm to that of a machine gun. Possession and use of machine guns are heavily regulated by Virginia and Federal law.
Cortney Carroll, a survivor of the Las Vegas mass shooting who lives in Richmond, testified in support of the ban at both the Senate Courts of Justice Committee and a Finance Subcommittee. A Republican and gun rights supporter, she warned of the potential for Bump Stocks to be used in future mass shootings. SB 1 had successfully passed the Senate Courts of Justice Committee on January 15th by an 11-4 vote. With SB 1 defeated in the Senate Finance Committee it is assured that there will be no ban on Bump Stocks enacted this year.
Senator Ebbin introduced multiple gun violence prevention bills, SB 2 and SB 5, for the 2018 General Assembly session. Despite over 300 mass shootings that occurred across the United States in 2017, they have now all been voted down.
Said Senator Ebbin:
“Use of a Bump Stock allowed a single shooter to discharge 1,100 rounds in minutes. These attachments have no practical purpose for hunting or self-defense and put the public and our law enforcement agents at unnecessary risk.”
Said Cortney Carroll:
“If Bump Stocks were banned, I truly believe we would have not lost so many that night. We would have had time to run and hide, we would have had time to take cover…. We were untrained in a war zone.”
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