Republicans join bipartisan bump stock ban

House GOP members on Tuesday unveiled their own version of a ban on bump fire stocks, joining with a like number of lawmakers from across the aisle to enact prohibitions on the devices.

The measure, H.R.3999, was filed by Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, joined by U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat, with members from each party in tow. The move aims to prohibit the manufacture, sale, and use of “bump stocks,” which have become a hot-button item after their use in the Route 91 Harvest shooting in Las Vegas where a gunman reportedly had as many as a dozen rifles equipped with the devices.

“This common-sense legislation will ban devices that blatantly circumvent already existing law without restricting Second Amendment rights,” said Curbelo in a statement.

The bill, though only three pages, is sweeping in its language, barring the production or possession of any gun part or parts that increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle without converting it to the legal definition of a machine gun. This would potentially include not only the now-vilified stocks but also various binary or modified triggers and cranks which are currently legal.

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