South Carolina mayor wants to ban bump stocks on guns

South Carolina mayor wants to ban bump stocks on guns
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The mayor of Columbia, S.C., is planning to propose a ban on bump stocks and trigger cranks on guns in the city.

“I believe in responsible gun ownership, and I believe in common sense,” Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin (D) said in a statement, according to ABC News.

“That’s why I’ve decided to do what our federal and state governments are either unable or unwilling to do."

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Benjamin noted automatic weapons have been illegal in the U.S. for more than 30 years.

"And the only purpose these devices serve is to circumvent that law multiplying firing rates tenfold to approximately 400-800 rounds per minute and turning a semi-automatic firearm into a mass murder machine,” he said. 

Benjamin said he thinks Columbia could be the first city to ban the devices on guns, according to The State. Under the proposal, the devices would not be permitted to be used on guns, but the ordinance would not make it illegal to own the devices.

He will announce the proposal formally during an afternoon event Thursday.

Some state lawmakers are also pushing for a similar ban across South Carolina, according to The State, but that ban would make it illegal to own the devices as well.

“We saw with great sadness and, to be honest, terror what these weapons can do when they are altered in this fashion and get in the wrong hands,” said state Rep. Leon Stavrinakis (D-Charleston) who is co-sponsoring a House bill pre-filed last week.

The proposal comes about seven weeks after more than 50 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas. 

Authorities have said a dozen of the rifles used by the suspected gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, had been modified with bump stocks.

Earlier this month, about two dozen Democrats introduced legislation that would ban assault weapons, high capacity ammunition magazines and bump stocks.

The Las Vegas shooting spurred talk on gun control in Congress, with Democrats pushing for legislation.

In September of this year, eight people were wounded when a shooting broke out in Columbia's Vista entertainment district, according to The State.

In 2015, a man murdered nine black churchgoers at a church in Charleston, S.C. A jury earlier this year sentenced that shooter, Dylann Roof, to death.