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Officials: 'Bump stocks', several other firearm enhancements could be banned in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) - The Public Safety Committee is expected to discuss a proposed ban tomorrow night in reference to Bump stocks being possibly illegal in the City of Charleston.

The ordinance cites the Las Vegas massacre as one of the reasons why should be outlawed, according to officials.

A bump stock is a device you can attach to a gun to make it fire more like an automatic, officials state. Investigators say they were used by the gunman who attacked a Las Vegas concert last year. Reports state that 50 people were killed and more than 500 others left hurt.

The ordinance being considered by the Charleston City Council would ban bump stocks and other devices used to make guns fire faster. 

State law prevents cities from restricting access to guns, ammunition, and firearm components. But the proposal says those rules do not apply to bump stocks because of the way they are defined under federal law.

The ordance does have exceptions for law enforcement, military personnel, and people who store bump stocks in separate containers from their weapons.

Violators would be charged with a misdemeanor.


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