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Rifle bump stocks a step closer to being banned in CT

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The Connecticut Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would ban bump stocks in Connecticut.

Both Democrats and Republicans voted in favor of the bill that would ban the sale of bump stocks or any rate of fire enhancements on guns. 

Lawmakers called for this bill after the Las Vegas shooting, where the shooter used bump stocks in the massacre that killed 58 people and injured hundreds in a matter of minutes. 

"We have a plethora of guns that can be made into machine guns and we need to top that in our state," Governor Dannel Malloy said. 

The bill will now go to the House of Representatives for a vote.

"Out in Nevada, bullets were raining down on concert-goers at 90 bullets per 10 seconds in these kinds of weapons and modifications, we don't want that to happen in Connecticut," Malloy said. 

If the law is passed, it would go into effect on October 1, 2018, and violators would be charged with a class D felony.

Gov. Dannel Malloy released a statement that said in part, “The legislation passed today is the definition of common sense. These cheap and deadly devices – which allow weapons to fire at machine gun-like speeds – have no place in our society. It is truly unfortunate that some Republicans are so beholden to the NRA that they won’t even support this no-brainer bill.”

A recent poll from Quinnipiac University found that 66 percent of voters support stricter gun laws.

Gun rights advocates argue more measures are designed to chip away at Second Amendment rights. The Connecticut Citizen's Defense League is planning a rally at the state capitol on April 14, they said to defend their rights. 

The CCDL President Scott Wilson argues bump stocks are not the problem and that banning them will do nothing. 

Similar bills have been passed and signed into law by governors in Massachusetts, Florida, and New Jersey. In those cases, the bills had bipartisan support.

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