Thomas Calls for Ohio to Follow Feds' Lead and Ban Bump Stocks
December 19, 2018
Today, state Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) applauded the U.S. Department of Justice for effectively banning the use, sale or possession of bump stocks and called for the Ohio legislature to do the same.
“There is no conceivable reason why an individual needs to use a bump stock,” Senator Thomas said. “It is not necessary for the defense of one’s home or for the purpose of hunting or target practice.”
Tuesday’s ruling clarifies that bump-stock devices are machine guns, as defined by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968, because the devices allow shooters of semi-automatic rifles to fire in rapid succession, much like fully automatic guns. The new federal rule would require individuals to relinquish their bump stocks.
“We banned machine guns in the 1960s, and citizens still happily own firearms today,” said Senator Thomas. “This rule is simply a clarification of an oversight made 50 years ago that, tragically, played a role in the deaths of 59 individuals in Las Vegas last year.
“This is a first step toward commonsense gun control. This year, I co-sponsored three and introduced five gun control bills, including SB 219, which would have banned bump stocks in Ohio. I will continue to push for commonsense gun control legislation in the upcoming legislative session and I encourage the General Assembly to follow the federal government’s move toward gun control.”