2018 Legislative Session
On October 1, 2018 Connecticut’s ban on bump stocks took effect. Passed in response to the horrific mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas, the worst in the nation’s history, Public Act No. 18-29 prohibits the sale, transfer or possession of any “rate of fire enhancement.”
Practically, this would prohibit individuals from converting semi-automatic rifles into the equivalent of machine guns, as the Las Vegas shooter did to kill 58 and injure more than 500. The ban requires all individuals in Connecticut to destroy or otherwise dispose of any bump stock or similar devices they possessed before October 1, 2018.
2019 Legislative Agenda
Looking ahead to the 2019 CT General Assembly legislative session that convenes on January 9, 2019, CT Against Gun Violence plans to advocate for the regulation of ghost guns (along the lines of H.B. 5540 that was not brought to a floor vote in 2018), and for the strengthening of firearm safe storage laws.
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