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Phoenix leaders to address citizen petition to ban sale of bump stocks

Posted at 4:47 AM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 11:05:08-04

There's a citizen petition before Phoenix City Council to ban the sale of bump stocks. City leaders will address the petition on Wednesday afternoon.

If city council were to approve the ban, it would be a violation of Arizona law, according to a city spokesperson.

Arizona Revised Statutes 13-3108 states: A political subdivision of this state shall not require the licensing or registration of firearms or ammunition or any firearm or ammunition components or related accessories or prohibit the ownership, purchase, sale or transfer of firearms or ammunition or any firearm or ammunition components, or related accessories.

Bump stocks would be considered “related accessories.” 

City council has four options:

  1. Accept the petition and pass an ordinance that limits or prohibits the sale of bump fire stocks in Phoenix. This option violates State law. 
  2. Deny the petition, but pass a resolution to encourage the Federal and State government to limit or prohibit the sale of bump fire stocks. 
  3. Deny the petition, consistent with State law 
  4. Direct the matter to staff or a subcommittee for additional review and study.  

Last month, police say the Las Vegas gunman modified his guns with bump stocks in his attack that killed more than 50 people. 

The city council meeting will be November 1st at 2:30 p.m.