Congresswoman Susan Davis Joins in Introducing the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act

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Washington, DC, October 5, 2017 | comments

Congresswoman Susan Davis joined over 100 of her House colleagues in introducing legislation to ban bump stocks like the those used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas where 59 people were murdered.

“With rare exemptions, fully automatic weapons are illegal in America and the reason for that was on deadly display in Las Vegas,” said Rep. Davis, a member of the House Gun Violence Task Force. “If fully automatic weapons are banned then a device, such as a bump stock, that converts semi-automatic weapons into the near equivalent of a fully automatic weapon should also be illegal.”

The Las Vegas shooter had 12 bump stocks attached to riles in his hotel room, allowing him to fire 9 bullets per second during his 11-minute attack. The Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act would ban the manufacture, possession, transfer, sale, or importation of bump stocks. Bump stocks can allow a semi-automatic weapon to fire 400 to 800 rounds per minute, like automatic weapons.

Davis has a strong record of pushing gun safety measures. She has cosponsored legislation to reinstate the assault weapons ban and limit the capacity of the magazines that house the ammunition used in these weapons.

To keep firearms out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, Davis has pushed for closing loopholes in the nation’s background check system to require every gun purchase to include a background check.

A full examination into gun violence prevention is key to creating policy that will save lives. Davis is working to create a Select Committee of Gun Violence Prevention. The committee would look into the causes of mass shootings, ways to improve the background check system, and closing the loophole that allow domestic abusers access to firearms.

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