BOSTON-On Oct. 12, the Massachusetts Senate voted to ban bump stock and trigger cranks and classify them under the same general law that governs machine guns. The amendment, offered by Senator Cynthia Creem (D-Newton) establishes identical penalties, eighteen months to life in prison, for the use and possession of bump stocks and trigger cranks as current law holds for machine guns.
“I hear time and time again from constituents about the need for commonsense solutions to reduce gun violence,” said Senator Friedman (D-Arlington). “We took a step in the right direction today, and I’m proud of the Senate for taking swift action to ban ‘bump stocks’ and ‘trigger cranks’ in the wake of the Las Vegas tragedy. This amendment will make our communities safer and I sincerely hope that other states choose to follow our lead.”