Utah lawmaker wants to outlaw bump stocks, while gun advocate fights federal ban in court

Utah lawmaker wants to outlaw bump stocks, while gun advocate fights federal ban in court

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Rick Bowmer, Associated Press FILE–In this Oct. 4, 2017, photo, a device called a "bump stock" is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in South Jordan, Utah. A Democratic state lawmaker proposed legislation Wednesday to outlaw a gun accessory in Utah that modify rifles to fire like automatic weapons. SALT LAKE CITY — A Democratic state lawmaker proposed legislation Wednesday to outlaw a gun accessory in Utah that modifies rifles to fire like automatic weapons. Meantime, a Utah gun rights advocate will be in federal court Thursday asking a judge to block a newly imposed Trump administration rule banning the device known as a bump stock. HB331 , sponsored by Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, would prohibit the import, sale, manufacture and possession of devices that modify a semiautomatic weapon to significantly increase the rate at which it fires. The bill would also allow police to confiscate bump stocks and destroy them. Bump stocks came under intense scrutiny after a gunman used them to fatally shoot 58 people and wound about 500 more at a country music concert in Las Vegas in 2017. Arent said she like the rest of the nation was shocked at the Las Vegas massacre. Americans, she said, are ready to talk about "common sense" gun laws. She said she doesn’t know if her bill will get any attraction but she hopes it at least gets a committee hearing. "There is no legitimate use for bump stocks," she said. […]

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