Massachusetts 1st to ban bump stocks since Vegas shooting

by Bob Salsberg
November 5, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts on Friday became the first state to impose a ban on bump stocks since the deadly shooting at a Las Vegas music festival.

An appropriations bill that included a prohibition on the devices, which are designed to make semi-automatic rifles mimic the firing action of fully automatic weapons, was signed into law Friday by Republican Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. The Democratic-controlled Legislature gave final approval to the measure on Thursday.

Polito is Massachusetts’ acting chief executive with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on vacation outside of the state. Baker had previously expressed support for banning the devices.

Baker and Polito “support the Second Amendment to the Constitution and Massachusetts’ strict gun laws,” said Brendan Moss, a spokesman for the administration.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Navy Bob says:

    Why is it that, before the smoke clears, Liberals are always shouting “ban guns” at every one of these incidents? Look at the recent shooting in Texas: All we hear form the media and the liberals (redundant) is that “the guns were purchased legally”. When ever I buy a gun, I have to fill out a FEDERAL form asking questions about my mental health status and criminal history. I am sure that this individual had to fill out the same forms, as they are FEDERAL forms, as opposed to State forms. At the end, you affirm under penalty of perjury that what you have stated is true. Had he been truthful, regardless if the USAF released records or not, the answer would have been a resounding NO, you can not own a gun. Only liberals believe that committing perjury to gain what you want is “legally obtaining a gun”.
    People are dying in Chicago every day. The politicians keep trying more restrictive gun laws, more taxes on guns and ammo, and yet they are still dying. Baltimore is calling for “cease fires” to keep the murder rate down. When are you going to get it that new laws DO NOT WORK. Do you honestly believe that these criminals are going to just one day say “there’s a law I can get behind because a nice guy passed it”? We need to look outside the box for solutions. Banning “bump stocks” is a start, but just making it harder for law abiding citizens to legally get and enjoy guns is NOT the way,

  • CrustyOldGeezer says:

    Tench Coxe: “Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American… [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”, Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

    I do hope this clarifies the issue somewhat.

    Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American…

    limp-wristed trash holding office are no comparison to the MEN and WOMEN that FOUNDED THE NATION!

    Neither “hunting nor sporting” were mentioned , BUT!

    1. bobnstuff says:

      I think if you check the SCOTUS has always supported a limit to the rights to own some weapons including machine guns and automatic weapons.
      “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
      All one sentence. It deals with the Militia and the regulation of them by a central government. That’s how it had been read for over the first 150 years of the constitution. The SCOTUS has always supported a ban on some weapons.

      1. chw2000 says:

        And what does “shall not be infringed” mean? Apparently you and the rest of your liberal left wing buddies have a different interpretation when it comes to the right to bear arms than when it comes to voting. You ass holes believe “shall not be infringed” as scared regarding voting but open for discussion with the “right to bear arms”. The Constitution is NOT open for discussion, it says what it says and it’s LITERAL meaning is the gospel, not your liberal interpretation.
        You’re a complete ass hole!

        1. bobnstuff says:

          The reason the constitution works is because it’s open for interpretation. Go look at the history of the court set up by the founding fathers in the constitution. The second amendment is one single thought, not two, one sentence and was until the NRA got a hold of it. look at the history.

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