Connecticut House passes bill banning bump stocks, heads to Senate next

HARTFORD —Lawmakers came together at the state Capitol in favor of legislation that would ban weapon enhancements on Tuesday.

FOX61 caught up with people across the state to see how they felt hearing this news, and some said they were in favor of the new legislation.

"What do you need it for around here," said Kevin Legace of Wethersfield.

Many believe, it is a question of safety.

"I believe they should take them off for our security, for our kids, you know for all safety," said Jesus Morales of New Britain.

While others say, it goes against our rights to impose a ban.

"If you can handle something like that, and use it right, it's fine," says Joe Wisnieski of East Hartford.

Those against the ban say it all depends on how a person uses the enhancement.

“Guns there’s nothing wrong with them," says Mike Parmeter of Manchester. "Bump stocks, it’s like anything, it’s like a tool, if you misuse the tool it’s not going to do you any good.”

Weapon enhancements alter a weapons rate of fire. It includes: bump stocks, trigger cranks, binary trigger systems, and a few other modifications.

The modification devices came under scrutiny after the Las Vegas massacre, where 58 people were killed, and the shooter was found with several of those devices in his hotel room.

Governor Malloy said he applauds the house passage of this new legislation, and released a statement that reads in part, "I cannot see one legitimate reason why anyone needs to own a bump stock other than for the mass shooting of people."

Meanwhile, Scott Wilson, President of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, fired back with a statement, saying in part, "Given that a bump stock ban will not actually prevent an individual from replicating the act of bump-firing a gun, this bill accomplishes nothing meaningful."

The vote passed 114 to 35. The bill now moves to the senate for consideration, it would need to pass there before Governor Malloy could sign it into law.

But Rep. Joe de la Cruz, D-Groton, said this ban could save lives, building upon Connecticut's existing, stringent gun control laws.

"We're actually a beacon for the country," he said. "We shouldn't stop where we're at."

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.