Two Lawmakers File Legislation To Make Sale Of Bump Stocks Illegal In Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Tennessee state law makers are taking a stand against bump stocks. State Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris and State Rep. Dwayne Thompson filed legislation Wednesday that would make it illegal to sell them in the volunteer state.

 

The Las Vegas shooter reportedly used bump stocks to convert several of his rifles into automatic weapons.

 

The following statement on the issue was sent to Local 24.

“Bump stock devices transform a typical rifle into an instrument of mayhem that would otherwise be illegal,” Sen. Harris said. “There is no legitimate purpose for a bump stock, other than to mimic an illegal weapon and inflict mass casualties.”

 

“Unfortunately, retailers say that sales of bump stocks are booming. If we want to limit the number of people a mass shooter can kill, we should move quickly to ban the sale of bump stocks in Tennessee. We can’t wait on D.C.”

 

The Las Vegas shooter is believed to have used a bump stock device. The device creates a loophole for killers like him who want to mimic the automatic fire of a machine gun, otherwise banned by the National Firearms Act of 1934.

 

“Since the shooting, several large retailers such as Walmart and Cabela’s have removed bump stocks from their inventory,” Sen. Harris said.

 

SB 1472 would close the loophole in federal law created by bump stock devices.

 

“Issues of gun safety tend to be controversial, but on this, I think we can all agree that firing 400 rounds a minute does not serve any lawful purpose,” Sen. Harris said. “In the coming months, we will be reaching out to gun owners who support responsible gun ownership and want to prevent mass casualty events.”


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