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Connecticut House votes to ban bump stocks

[JURIST] The Connecticut House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday approved HB 5542 [text], which bans "the sale or transfer, possession, manufacturing, or use of bumps stocks or other accessories to increase the rate of fire of a firearm."

Violators of the bill will be guilty of a class D felony. Those who have a permit or certificate for gun ownership will be found guilty of a class D misdemeanor up until July 1, 2019. Anyone who moves into Connecticut in lawful possession of a rate of fire enhancement would have 90 days to destroy, remove or turn over the device. The law would take effect starting October 1, 2018.

The bill still must pass the Connecticut Senate and be approved by the governor. The bill passed the House with a vote [vote record] of 114-35 with 1 absent vote.

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