PAGV Members Support Legislation Banning Sale or Possession of Bump Stocks

Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act Would Bar Accessories that Increase Rate of Semi-Automatic Fire

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, and 25 additional members of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV) today announced their strong support for the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), which would ban the sale and possession of accessories used to increase the rate of fire on semi-automatic weapons. The full letter is here.

“As prosecutors, we understand the importance of common-sense federal legislation that could prevent gun violence and save lives,” wrote PAGV co-chairs Feuer and Vance in a letter supporting the legislation. “A semi-automatic rifle equipped with a bump stock can fire hundreds of rounds per minute—akin to the capacity of fully automatic weapons. While federal law severely restricts the availability of automatic weapons, bump stocks are widely available. The gunman in Las Vegas reportedly used bump stocks to carry out his murderous rampage. It makes no sense to allow access to devices that so easily circumvent existing federal protections.”

The Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act (S.1916/H.R.3947) would ban the sale, transfer, importation, manufacture, or possession of bump stocks, trigger cranks, and similar accessories that increase a semi-automatic rifle’s rate of fire.

Founded by City Attorney Feuer and District Attorney Vance in 2014, PAGV is a nonpartisan coalition of leading prosecutors, from every region of the United States, committed to advancing prosecutorial and policy solutions to the national public health and safety crisis of gun violence.