BOSTON-Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) today voted with his Massachusetts Senate colleagues to unanimously ban bump stock and trigger cranks and classify them under the same general law that governs machine guns. The amendment, offered by Senator Cynthia Creem (D-Newton) establishes identical penalties, eighteen months to life in prison, for the use and possession of bump stocks and trigger cranks as current law holds for machine guns.
“I am proud that the Massachusetts State Senate today voted unanimously 38-0 to ban the sale of “bumpstock” devices, similar to those used by domestic terrorist Stephen Paddock who used the devices to enhance his shooting spree, which included 59 Americans killed, including Tewksbury resident Rhonda LeRocque, and over 500 people injured on October 1, 2017,” said Senator Eldridge. “It is a small but important step in ensuring that Massachusetts gun safety laws remain among the strictest in the nation to reduce the chance that mass murders like those that have happened in Las Vegas, and Orlando, never happen in Massachusetts. I applaud the House of Representatives for passing a similar measure this week.”
The amendment also instructs the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to notify licensed owners and manufacturers of bump stocks and trigger cranks of the effective date of the changes.
Bump stocks use the recoil power of a weapon to effectively increase the rate of fire to make the gun a fully automatic assault weapon, which have been illegal in Massachusetts since 1994. On Sunday October 1, fifty-eight people were murdered and hundreds injured by alleged killer Stephen Paddock at a Las Vegas country music festival. Law enforcement found multiple bump stocks and trigger cranks in Paddock’s hotel room where the shooting originated.
The House of Representative passed a similar bump stock ban and the two versions will be reconciled before being sent to the Governor’s desk for his signature.