PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Sen. James A. Seveney (D-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol, Tiverton) has introduced legislation that would ban bump stocks on semi-automatic firearms.
A bump stock is an attachment that allows the shooter to fire a semi-automatic weapon with rapidity; it replaces a rifle’s standard stock, freeing the weapon to slide back and forth rapidly.
“While federal law bans fully automatic weapons manufactured after May 19, 1986, the bump stock does not technically make the weapon a fully automatic firearm, even though it allows a weapon to fire at nearly the rate of a machine gun,” said Seveney. “This law would effectively ban these horrific devices in Rhode Island.”
In last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, 12 of the rifles in the gunman’s possession were modified with a bump stock, allowing the weapon to fire about 90 shots in 10 seconds.
The legislation would make it unlawful to possess, transport, manufacture, ship or sell a bump stock, regardless of whether the person is in possession of a firearm. Those violating the provisions would face imprisonment for up to five years, a fine up to $15,000, or both.