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Assemblyman Ryan to cosponsor legislation to ban "bump stock" devices

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Posted at 12:33 PM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 12:33:49-04

Friday morning, Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced he will co-sponsor legislation to ban the possession, manufacturing, and sale of "bump stock" devices in New York. 

This news comes following the tragedy earlier this week in Las Vegas, where a gunman opened fire on a crowd and killed at least 58 and more than 500 were wounded. 

At least 12 of the 23 firearms that were in his possession, were modified with bump stock devices. 

These bump stocks allow a person to modify a semiautomatic rifle into fully automatic, capable of continuously firing rounds in a short period of time. 

According to the Assemblyman's office, sales for fully automatic firearms for civilians have been banned since 1986, but bump stocks are legal at the federal level. 

Ryan believes the use of these devices creates a loophole in the federal fully automatic weapons ban. 

A press release from his office says the legislation will also be sponsored by Assemblymember Patricia Fahy and Senator Andrew Lanza.