Key Pa. House committee approves 'bump stock' ban bill

June 20, 2018 - 1:39 pm

HARRISBURG, Pa.  (KYW Newsradio) — The state House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would ban “bump stock” attachments that make guns fire faster — a device that was used by the gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas last year.

Just before the committee voted on the bill would ban “bump stocks” obtained after the bill’s effective date, Allegheny County Republican Rick Saccone argued that it is not an issue in Pennsylvania.

“I always hear in these kind of situations, ‘we’ve got to do something, we’ve got to do something.’ Got to do something about what? There is no problem here,” Saccone said.

The bill’s sponsor is Montgomery County Democrat Madeleine Dean.

“To think that we are somehow walled off as a society from an attack that took place in Las Vegas, and somehow it could never happen here, is foolhardy,” Dean said.

In a legislature known to resist gun control measures, the bump-stock ban bill narrowly passed the House committee. In another close vote, the committee rejected a bill to expand background checks. It is unclear if or when the bump-stock bill may come up for a full House vote.