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Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a bump stock ban on Wednesday. The ban would not only the use of bump stocks but also any modifications designed to increase the rate of fire. Anyone caught doing so faces 3-20 years in prison.
Despite avoiding debate and not having a public hearing, the measure passed 151 to 3. The next day, the state Senate unanimously banned the sale of bump stocks and trigger cranks, 33 to 0.
This is a reaction to the Las Vegas attack where alleged shooter Stephen Paddock used bump stock modifications on his semi-automatic rifles. Similar measures are being discussed in other states as well as at the federal level.
The state Senate voted 33-0 on Thursday to ban the sale of bump stocks and trigger cranks, attachments that increase the firing rate of a weapon. A day earlier the state House voted 151-3 in favor of a bump stock ban.
According to the Mount-Vernon Registrar News, persons found in possession of one could face anywhere from three to 20 years in prison. However, it is unknown how the state will deal with Massachusetts residents who already own these devices.