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Blumenthal to push for bump stock ban despite regulation

December 18, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he welcomes the Trump administration’s move to officially ban gun bump stocks, but believes legislation is still needed.

The Democrat on Tuesday said he’ll “continue to call for a vote” in Congress to prohibit the devices, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms. Blumenthal says the nation needs “clear and certain protection that can only come from legislation banning these devices for good.”

A Justice Department official says Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker signed the new regulation on Tuesday morning. It will take effect in late March.

Bump stocks were used in October 2017 by a man who opened fire from his Las Vegas hotel suite into a crowd at a country music festival, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.

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