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Phoenix City Council votes to support law that would ban bump stocks

PHOENIX — The Phoenix City Council voted to support future legislation Wednesday that would ban the sale of bump stocks, a month after the Las Vegas shooting.

The council voted 5-2 to adopt the resolution that called on lawmakers to create future legislation to prohibit sales of the gun accessory that drastically increases the firing rate of semi-automatic weapons.

The banning of bump stocks will be part of the city’s legislative agenda at both state and federal level.

“The motion is to request that as soon as possible we add support for legislation that would ban bump stocks,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

The matter came before the council via a citizen petition from Rev. Jarrett Maupin, who is known for his civil rights efforts, including organizing protests on social issues.

The council voted to adopt the resolution, though the governing body denied the petition that called for council members to outlaw the item. The council is restricted from passing a resolution stronger than state law.

Investigators of the massacre in Las Vegas said the gunman used bump stocks.

In that incident, police said shooter Stephen Paddock killed 59 people and wounded over 500 others at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. He had 23 guns in his room at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

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