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Gov. Scott on Massachusetts bump stock ban

Posted at 7:01 PM, Nov 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 19:01:43-05

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. -- Florida Governor Rick Scott weighed in on the legality of bump stocks, as discussion around the device gains momentum.

Massachusetts became the first state since October's mass shooting in Las Vegas to create a state-wide ban on bump stocks. The gun accessory allowed the shooter to fire semi-automatic weapons at a higher rate of speed, similar to automatic weapons. 

Governor Rick Scott tells 4 In Your Corner he believes some may not have known bump stocks existed before the shooting. "I assume a lot of people learned because of that," he said. "It was horrible, when you think of all those people who lost their lives out there."

When asked if Florida should create a state-wide ban similar to Massachusetts, he said the devices shouldn't be on the market. "I'm a big supporter of the Second Amendment, but I don't think there should be any sort of devices like bump stocks that make weapons automatic."

Florida State Senator Linda Stewart from Orlando filed a bill for consideration next year that would ban possession and sale of bump stocks. 

The legislative session starts in January.