Bump Stock Ban and Other Gun Control Bills Killed in House Subcommittee
Last night (1/25) a House of Delegates Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee killed 16 gun control bills, including a ban on bump stocks like the one used in the Las Vegas shooting last year.
A tearful survivor, Henrico resident Cortney Carroll, shared her story with the subcommittee saying that a ban on bump stocks would have saved lives at the Harvest Festival Concert. “For me and all my PTSD and anxiety I just really wanted to try to make a difference and I feel like this would help. Why make it easier for people to get these items that turn your…gun into essentially a machine gun.”
Republican committee members and gun rights advocates like Phillip Van Cleve, disagreed. “We’ve had one instance where something happened with bump stocks. For a decade, we’ve had one. If we did that with automobiles we’d all be walking every day.”
The subcommittee also killed bills to require background checks for gun purchases, and a reinstatement of the Wilder era one handgun per month rule, which advocates say helped combat gun trafficking.
Watch the entire subcommittee meeting below. Carroll's testimony begins at 57:00.