Cross post from HatCityBLOG
Yes, you read the title of this post correctly, last night, a State Represenative whose district includes Newtown voted against banning the bump stock gun attachements.
The state House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that would ban bump stocks, moving Connecticut one step closer to a number of other states that have prohibited the devices used in the deadly Las Vegas shooting last October.
Bump stocks allow semiautomatic rifles to fire at a rate similar to that of machine guns. The bill also would ban trigger cranks and other so-called rate-of-fire enhancements.
States including Massachusetts, California, Vermont, New Jersey, Washington and Florida already have enacted their own bans. The U.S. Justice Department also proposed a federal regulation in March banning the devices.
Maybe it’s me but I don’t think State Rep Will Duff’s vote represents the interests of his constiuents.
American voters overwhelmingly support universal background checks for gun purchases by a margin of 95-4 percent. Support is 94-5 percent among households where there is a gun.
“With each American gun massacre, there is stronger voter support for tighter gun control measures,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
There was also support 74-24 percent for a ban on the sale of gun modifications that can make a gun work more like a fully automatic weapon. The question comes after 58 were killed and 546 injured following a mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas where the attacker used bump stocks to make his semiautomatic weapons fire at a rate close to a fully automatic weapon.