WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, has announced his support for efforts that would lead to more consistent enforcement of a decades-old automatic weapons ban.
“Responsible gun owners understand the importance of reasonable regulations to ensure public safety. That’s why I believe in taking the important step to outlaw devices that make a firearm simulate an automatic firearm. I fully support the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms—this is about consistent enforcement of the automatic weapons ban.”
Background: The National Firearms Act of 1934 restricts the ownership of machine guns, or firearms that fire more than one cartridge per trigger pull. In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, authorities discovered that the shooter used rifles equipped with “bumper stocks” that allow a rifle to simulate the firing of a machine gun (through multiple trigger pulls). Given that such a modification undercuts the spirit of the law, lawmakers are looking for ways to ensure that the law is enforced consistently.