Moms Demand Action and executive director from CT Against Gun Violence CVA, Jeremy Stein at the Capitol.
HARTFORD- State Representatives Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Laura Devlin (R-134) along with Judiciary committee member State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) hailed passage of legislation that they co-sponsored to combat gun violence, which included a ban on so-called “ghost guns” and bump stocks by the legislature’s Judiciary committee.
“Both pieces of legislation that passed the Judiciary Committee are reasonable proposals that I do not believe will infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” said Rep. Kupchick. “Bump stocks, clearly, are a way to circumvent the 1986 ban on fully-automatic weapons. Gun owners I have spoken with agree that there is no legitimate use for these novelty items. Prohibiting guns without serial numbers is also in the category of sensible laws that will promote gun safety in Connecticut.”
“There is no single solution that will put an end to the national epidemic of gun violence,” Sen. Tony Hwang said. “Banning bump stocks and ghost guns in Connecticut will represent a step forward. At the same time, I continue to stress that a balanced approach to addressing this epidemic requires that more attention be paid to mental health and school safety issues. I will continue working to find ways to lead the community conversation on these vitally important public policy areas. We should never stop striving to make our communities safer.”
The bump stock legislation, HB-5542 would ban the sale or transfer, possession, manufacturing or use of bump stocks or other accessories to increase the rate of fire of a firearm.
Bump stocks and similar devices came into the public consciousness after the Las Vegas mass shooting in October, when the shooter primarily used a bump stock on his AR-15 to allow automatic firing, resulting in 58 deaths and 489 wounded. Fully automatic weapons have been illegal since 1986.
The ghost gun legislation, HB-5540, would ban guns without serial numbers and regulate those which are sold in a form requiring the purchaser to finish assembly or that are homemade.
Untraceable firearms, commonly called ‘ghost guns’ are sold by companies that sell gun kits, instructions and do-it-yourself components online to help people build their own guns with no serial number. It’s currently a legal system that bypasses all background checks and firearm registration.
“Bump stocks serve no substantial value other than to permit a firearm to fire off an increased rate of deadly ammunition. Ghost guns are a dangerous pathway to illegal gun ownership, putting guns in the hands of felons and those who have been convicted of domestic violence,” Rep. Devlin said, “These two firearm safety proposals are common sense changes that can and should be made, but let us not forget that having adequate mental health services for those that need care will go a long way to combating gun violence in our communities.”