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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Columbia, South Carolina, has become the first city to pass legislation prohibiting use of bump stocks -- gun accessories like those used by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock to increase firing rates to quasi-automatic speed. After this fall's mass shootings, regulation of the deadly add-ons has fallen to local governments in the wake of congressional stagnation on the issue. "It's time for the good guys with guns to begin to pass some really good policy," said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, a Democrat and a gun owner, in an interview with Reuters. At a Dec. 5 meeting, the four Columbia City Council members in attendance unanimously and without discussion voted for the measure after a first reading. It passed a required second vote Tuesday by a unanimous vote of the full council. The ordinance doesn't explicitly ban the sale or ownership of bump stocks, but it does prohibit civilians from possessing a gun with a bump stock or a trigger crank attached.

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It's fallen to these local legislators to take practical steps to safeguard against mass shootings that employ effectively automatic weapons because after effusive "thoughts and prayers" and even a few proposed bipartisan bills, Congress has failed to take any substantial action. After no fewer than 12 guns fitted with bump stocks were found in the gunman's Mandalay Bay room, even Speaker of the House Paul Ryan called for a "regulatory fix." In the Senate, Barbara Feinstein put forward a ban on bump stocks (co-sponsored solely by fellow Democrats), while two bipartisan measures aiming to regulate bump stocks were introduced in the House and referred to committees.

But this momentum dissolved, and not one of the measures has made it to a vote. The week of the Vegas shooting, the NRA called on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to "immediately review" bump stocks, and the ATF and Justice Department announced in early December that they were in the process of determining whether bump stocks could be considered machineguns, in which case the ATF would gain regulatory authority over what it has previously defined as a firearm part.

However, the New York Times reports that the NRA's chief lobbyist boasted about his organization's call for ATF involvement as a way to "slow down the process," and it seems the NRA succeeded: In testimony before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on firearm regulations and background checks, ATF acting director Thomas E. Brandon confirmed that the promulgation would likely take months (including a built-in 30-day period for public comment).

#1 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-12-20 05:29 AM | Reply

Look for Wayne Lapierre's butt boys Mitch McChinless and Lyin Ryan to take up legislation that does not allow states or municipalities from passing any gun legislation when they clean themselves off from last night.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2017-12-20 07:14 AM | Reply

It's fallen to these local legislators to take practical steps to safeguard against mass shootings that employ effectively automatic weapons

#1 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood

Are you that stoopid? Do you know what an automatic weapon is? When was the last time an automatic weapon has been used to murder someone? you really need to get educated before you do nay more stoopid posts about firearms.

#3 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-20 10:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I have dealt with military weapons most of my life. Automatic fire, especially with a magazine fed weapon simply is a waste of ammunition. Even the army got rid of automatic on their M16AA2s, now it is a three round burst. Basicly it is very hard to hold a weapon on target with recoil hitting you 10 times a second. Which is why they use tripods with machine guns. I have seen Hadji using the spray and pray technique, it didn't work out for them. It is a felony to modify the action of a semiautomatic weapon, bump stocks should fall under this law. This coming from a 2nd amendment fanatic.

#4 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-12-20 10:55 AM | Reply

Is this the answer mrs?

Commissioner Suggests U.N. Send Troops To Fight ‘Quiet Genocide' Of Gun Violence In Chicago
December 14, 2017 at 10:11 am

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Some politicians in the past have recommended deploying the National Guard to help Chicago quell gun violence, but Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin went even further on Thursday, suggesting the United Nations perhaps send in peacekeepers in the face of what he called a "quiet genocide."

Boykin was traveling to New York to meet with Oscar Fernandez-Taranco of Argentina, the U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Support, to seek international help with "horrific levels of shootings" and other violent crime in West Side and South Side communities.

#5 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-20 10:56 AM | Reply

#5

There is a reason that you're not required to fire in burst when you're qualifying on the M4...you're not going to hit anything. Well, you're going to hit something...just not something you're aiming at.

#6 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-12-20 12:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I can't image that having a jumping stock helps with the accuracy. Although to be honest I had not idea what a bump-stock was until Paddock came along.

#7 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-12-20 12:05 PM | Reply

The collective right to keep and bear arms shall NOT be infringed...

The individual right to keep and bear arms is a rightwing mythology...

#8 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-12-20 12:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The collective right to keep and bear arms shall NOT be infringed..."

SO you're saying they didn't actually mean it was the right of "the people" to keep and bear arms...

#9 | Posted by madbomber at 2017-12-20 02:44 PM | Reply

#8 | Posted by IndianaJones You need to review the rulings of the Supreme Court of the United States. Their opinion matters. Yours, fortunately does not.

#10 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-12-20 03:13 PM | Reply

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"You need to review the rulings of the Supreme Court of the United States. Their opinion matters." - #10 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-12-20 03:13 PM

The US Constitution means only what 5 or more Justices say it means.

#11 | Posted by Hans at 2017-12-20 03:17 PM | Reply

#11 | Posted by Hans The last gun rights ruling was 9 to 0. Otherwise there is a method to amend the constitution, good luck with that.

#12 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-12-20 03:33 PM | Reply

"The last gun rights ruling was 9 to 0." - #12 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-12-20 03:33 PM

So?

Doesn't change the fact that the US Constitution means only what 5 or more Justices say it means.

Oh, and since you seem confused, 9 is in the 5 or more category.

You're welcome.

"Otherwise there is a method to amend the constitution"

Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and Bowers v. Hardwick (1986), to cite just 2 examples, were decisions overturned without the need to amend the Constitution.

Again, you're welcome.

#13 | Posted by Hans at 2017-12-20 03:45 PM | Reply

Et Al has cited the many cases across a hundred-plus years of the SC affirming the individual right to bear arms. It's been an individual right longer than the NRA has existed.

Also, the ATF affirmed that bump stocks do not make a rifle into fully-automatic fire, twice, under the Obama admin. You can easily find the letters from the ATF stating this online. Under the Trump admin, it will once again affirm it does not convert a rifle to fully-automatic. The only way it's going to happen is if Congress pushes the reform through.

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-12-21 07:48 AM | Reply

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg, I have never seen a bump stock. I am not sure how these things are suppose to work. I know a few dealers, and they had never heard of a bump stock before Las Vegas. Beyond that, none of the fire arms found in that hotel room had such a mechanism. I actually support the ATF, especially when they enforce the laws on the books. Such the mandatory federal sentencing for modifying the action of a firearm. I saw a crank dealer who wasn't caught with any drugs, but had used a paper clip to hold the sear back on a Ruger Mini 14. Three year minimum in a federal prison.

#15 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-12-21 03:33 PM | Reply

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