Columbus– Today, Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) announced that he will soon introduce legislation to ban the sale and possession of bump-fire stocks in Ohio. The legislation would make the sale or possession for personal use of such devices a fourth-degree felony in the state.
“The pain is still fresh in our hearts and minds for those killed or injured in the recent massacre in Las Vegas and it is irresponsible to not take immediate action to ban these attachments in our state,” said Senator Thomas, a former officer with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Bump-fire stocks are devices that can be attached to semi-automatic rifles to enable them to fire in rapid succession. Often called “bump stocks”, they are currently not banned under federal law and are relatively cheap, costing as little as $50.
According to CNN, the gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting had 12 bump stocks in his hotel room. It has been estimated that this allowed him to shoot 90 gunshots every ten seconds.
“There is no conceivable reason why an individual needs to use a bump stock,” said Senator Thomas. “It is not necessary for the defense of one’s home or for the purpose of hunting. It is an extremely lethal device and serves no valuable purpose.”
Senator Thomas has sent his colleagues in the Senate a co-sponsor request and plans on introducing the legislation later this month.