Washington Moms Demand Action, Everytown Applaud Governor Inslee for Signing Legislation to Ban Bump Stocks
SEATTLE – The Washington chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today applauded Governor Jay Inslee for signing Senate Bill 5992, legislation that will make it illegal for anyone to manufacture or sell bump stocks. Starting in July 2019, the law will make it illegal for anyone to own a bump stock in the state.
Last year, 58 people died and nearly 500 more were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The Las Vegas shooter had rigged his guns with bump stocks, devices that enabled the shooter to fire more rapidly, approaching automatic fire. Bump stocks skirt existing law, since fully automatic firearms have long been tightly regulated.
STATEMENT FROM ZACH ELMORE, A MEMBER OF THE EVERYTOWN SURVIVOR NETWORK, WHOSE SISTER ALICIA JOHNSTON WAS SHOT AND SURVIVED THE LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING:
“It was more than extremely frustrating that in the wake of largest mass shooting in modern American history in Las Vegas, where my sister was shot and injured, Congress did nothing. Prohibiting the sale of bump stocks is a common-sense solution to the availability of an accessory that made it possible for one man to kill 58 and injure hundreds more. I’m proud that Washington is one of the states to take real action on this issue. Governor Inslee supported this legislation from the beginning and I could not have been happier to watch him sign it today.”
Did you know?
Every day, more than 110 Americans are killed with guns.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death. A yearly average was developed using five years of the most recent available data: 2016 to 2020. Everytown For Gun Safety Support Fund