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New York state lawmakers push for bump stock ban

Published:Saturday | October 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM
This photo combination shows some of the victims of the mass shooting that occurred at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday.

LAS VEGAS:

Some New York state lawmakers want to make it illegal in the state to buy, sell or possess devices known as bump stocks that allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of automatic weapons.

Authorities found 12 of the devices fitted to guns in the hotel room of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock.

It is illegal to use bump stocks in New York state, but a loophole in the law makes it legal to buy, sell or possess the devices.

Legislation introduced this week would immediately ban bump-stock sales and prohibit possession of them over time.

Democratic Assemblywoman Pat Fahy of Albany says it is illogical to allow the sale and possession of a device that cannot be used legally.

The bill has bipartisan support. Lawmakers will reconvene in Albany in January.

Meanwhile, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans says authorities will step up security for concerts and sporting events in the city following the shooting in Las Vegas.

Officials have said there is no credible threat to Boston.

But Evans said the FBI told him on Wednesday that agents turned up evidence that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock researched sites in and around Fenway Park and the Boston Center for the Arts.