Curbelo, Moulton Lead Bipartisan Effort to Ban “Bump Stocks”
Today, Representatives Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Seth Moulton (MA-6) announced they are leading a perfectly bipartisan effort to introduce legislation to ban the manufacture, sale, and use of “bump stocks.” The Members hope to introduce and move this legislation as quickly as possible.
Moulton’s and Curbelo’s legislation would be structured in the Noah’s Ark style, meaning Members would have to sign on as a co-sponsor with a Member from the other Party.
“It’s time for Members of Congress to find the courage to come together and finally do something to help stop the epidemic of mass shootings,” said Moulton. As members of Congress, it is our responsibility to protect the American people. Thoughts and prayers are not enough. I am proud to be leading this bipartisan effort to take action to keep our communities safe.”
“For the first time in decades, there is growing bipartisan consensus for firearm reform, a polarizing issue that has deeply divided Republicans and Democrats,” Curbelo said. “Common sense legislation that does not restrict Second Amendment rights is an important first step in addressing gun violence in our country. By banning devices that blatantly circumvent already existing law, we can show that Congress is capable of working constructively to make Americans safer.”
“Bump stocks” are devices that use a semi-automatic weapon’s recoil to allow it to fire at a rate mirroring that of a fully automatic weapon — 400 to 800 rounds a minute. These weapons are legal, unregulated, widely available, and can be purchased online for as little as $100. Their sole purpose is to exacerbate the rate of fire.