Bump Stocks Discussed at all Levels of Government

Denver passes ban, state and federal legislation introduced on both sides of gun debate

After the massacre at a Las Vegas concert in October, bump stocks came onto the nation’s radar. The device, used by shooter Stephen Paddock, gives rapid-fire capabilities to semi-automatic weapons. A bump stock ban has been suggested in Denver several times in the past three months and, at the end of January, passed.

Shortly after the Las Vegas shooting, a Denver citizen attending a City Council meeting suggested a bump stock ban, Denver City Council member Rafael Espinoza said. It was a feasible action, but no action was taken, he said. The same citizen came back in November after a shooting at a rural church in Texas.

“I don’t want to be in the position of having not done something every time there is a mass shooting when we could and should do something,” Espinoza said.

Espinoza early last month introduced a Denver ordinance to ban bump stocks, and City Council passed it Jan. 22. Councilman Kevin Flynn introduced an amendment to the ordinance prior to the vote.

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