Use our contact form below to write your State Senator and Representative urging them to vote “YES” on H.B. 5540 and H.B. 5542
H.B. 5540, An Act Concerning Ghost Guns, will ban guns without serial numbers and regulate “do it yourself” kits known as “ghost guns.” Ghost guns are a threat to public safety because they are untraceable and require no background check to purchase. Homemade assault weapons have been used in mass shootings by individuals prohibited from possessing firearms; other DIY guns are showing up at crime scenes.
H.B. 5542, An Act Concerning Bump Stocks, will ban the sale and possession of bump stocks and other accessories to increase the rate of fire of a firearm. Bump stocks a threat to public safety because in practical terms they allow assault weapons to operate as machine guns. The Las Vegas shooter used bump stocks to fire more than 1,100 rounds in just 10 minutes, killing 58 and injuring more than 500 in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Here are some key points you can use to personalize your email:
Why we should regulate ghost guns:
- We cannot let individuals evade background checks by making guns at home.
- We cannot let untraceable guns flow into the black market to end up in the hands of criminals.
- Ghost guns have been used in mass shootings, in attacks on law enforcement and have been seized in crimes, including here in CT.
- CT must act because there is no plan to regulate ghost guns at the federal level.
Why we should ban bump stocks:
- There is no valid argument to allow machine gun-like weapons in CT.
- Without a bump stock, the human toll in Las Vegas likely would have been lower.
- Since the Las Vegas shooting, MA, NJ, WA, MD and DE have all banned bump stocks. Even FL and VT, states with some of the weakest gun laws have banned them.
- According to a Quinnipiac Oct, 2017 poll, three-quarters of voters support a ban on bump stocks, including 62% of Republicans, 82% of Democrats, 76% of Independents, and 67% of households with guns.