A bill has been filed to ban so-called bump stocks in Nebraska, the device used in the deadly Las Vegas shooting.
Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln says a 60-year member of the NRA contacted her office last year to say bump stocks should be banned and her staff drafted a bill, but it took a back seat to other priorities.
“And, then, Las Vegas happened, and we had this bill and I was mad at myself for not having brought it; to bring it up and have the discussion about it,” Pansing Brooks tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Legislative Bill 780 would ban bump stocks and gun silencers. The Las Vegas shooter used a bump stock to turn a semi-automatic rifle into a near-automatic gun, leading to a much greater loss of life. Fifty-eight people died and 527 suffered injuries October 1st as the shooter opened fire on an outdoor music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel before turning a gun on himself.
The bill makes the manufacturing, sale, purchase, or possession of bump stocks and silencers a felony with the possibility of a two-year prison sentence.
“People are saying, ‘Oh, this is a red state, she’s out of touch,’ and in actually I think that this is exactly the discussion we need to be having as a state and as a country: how do we want our state to be the safest it can be?”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]