Gun control is a plague upon this earth.
In response to the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017, where a man killed 58 people and injured over 800 people using a firearm with a “bump stock,” the city of Charleston is considering a full-out ban of the firearm enhancement within city limits.
The Public Safety Committee will consider an ordinance at their meeting Thursday, Aug. 9.
The ordinance would ban "bump stocks," "trigger cranks" and other "enhanced trigger devices."
According to a draft ordinance, the Las Vegas massacre prompted the consideration of the ban. It notes that if a "bump stock" had been used in the Charleston mass shooting at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston on June 17, 2015, there would have been more casualties.
“The carnage in Las Vegas was accomplished due to the rapid fire capabilities of a 'bump stock' attached to the shooter's firearms," the ordinance states. "The use of a 'bump stock' can multiply the firing rate of a weapon tenfold to approximately 400-800 rounds per minute."
It adds, "The City Council of Charleston recognizes gun violence as representing a significant health risk to the citizens of the City of Charleston."
The ordinance acknowledges that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the rights of citizens to own and carry firearms, however it states, "because neither a 'bump stock' nor a 'trigger crank' is a firearm, they are not constitutionally protected."
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