TN lawmakers file legislation to ban bump stocks for rifles


Two Tennessee lawmakers have submitted legislation that would ban possession of bump stocks and trigger cranks in the state.

Bump stocks have been thrust into the national spotlight after it was found Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had the after-market devices in his Mandalay Bay Hotel room.

Bump stocks allow semi-automatic rifles to fire at a rate similar to fully-automatic rifles. It is believed Paddock used the devices during the Route 91 Harvest Festival which left 58 people dead and 546 injured.

On Wednesday, Tennessee Senator Lee Harris and State Representative Dwayne Thompson filed legislation banning possession of bump stocks and trigger cranks in the state, according to our sister affiliate WZTV.

SB 1472 states it would be "an offense to knowingly purchase, use, possess, or attempt to purchase, use, or possess a trigger crank, bump stock, bump-fire device, or any other part, combination of parts, component, device, attachment, or accessory that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle but which does not convert the semi-automatic rifle into a machine gun."

Trigger cranks also enhance the rate of fire for semi-automatic rifles, bolting onto the trigger of the riffle. Instead of manually pulling the rifle's trigger, the user rotates the crank, allowing for discharge similar to a fully-automatic rifle.

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