January 9, 2018

Malloy seeks more gun controls in first 2018 legislative proposal

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday said he will propose legislation to ban the purchase and sale of bump stocks, binary trigger systems and trigger cranks to further gun controls.

Also known as "rate-of-fire enhancements" because they increase the rate of speed at which some weapons can be fired, Malloy said the bump stocks are "cheap, ... deadly, and they have no place in our society."

"In Connecticut, we refuse to allow federal inaction to endanger the lives of our residents, despite the best efforts of powerful lobbyists from the NRA," Malloy said. "Our state has long been a champion in the fight against gun violence, and today we take a step towards further cementing our reputation as a leader in smart, safe, and common-sense gun reform."

Under the proposal, possession, and sale of rate-of-fire enhancements, including bump stocks, binary trigger systems and trigger cranks will constitute a Class D felony. Permit holders who possess them before July 1, 2020 will receive an infraction and be fined $90 for their first offense, and will be charged with a Class D felony for any subsequent offense.

The proposed legislation defines a "rate-of-fire enhancement" as any device, component or accessory that uses energy from the recoil of the firearm to generate a reciprocating action that facilitates repeated operation of the trigger.

Under this definition, bump stocks, binary trigger systems, and trigger cranks would be banned in Connecticut.

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