By Erika Haas
South Carolina’s capital, the city of Columbia, passed an ordinance Tuesday that bans the use of bump stocks, trigger cranks and other devices that make a firearm fire at a more rapid rate.
“I believe in responsible gun ownership, and I believe in common sense,” Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said in a news release after the ordinance’s passage. “That’s why we’ve decided to do what our federal and state governments are either unable or unwilling to do.”
These types of devices have become a hot point of contention since the Las Vegas shooting on October 1st; the gunman attached bump stocks to the firearms he used to slay 58 innocent concertgoers and injure hundreds more. Since Congress failed to pass any sort of federal ban after the massacre, many states and cities, like Columbia, have decided to take matters into their own hands.
Columbia’s new ordinance prohibit’s the city’s 134,000-plus residents from attaching bump stocks, trigger cranks and other similar devices to their firearms. Doing so is now considered misdemeanor. However, unlike many other proposals introduced around the country, the ordinance does not actually outlaw the sale or possession of such devices. In other words you can still have them, they just …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms