Manhattan DA supports federal bump stock ban proposal

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. (Photo: Getty Images)

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. (Photo: Getty Images)

Manhattan’s top prosecutor has come out in support of a federal proposal to ban bump fire stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to simulate full-auto fire.

District Attorney Cy Vance announced the decision in a letter sent from his group Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, endorsing legislation introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Oct. 4.

The bill, called the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act, would ban the sale, transfer and manufacture of bump stocks and other devices that increase the fire rate of semi-automatic weapons.

The measure was proposed after police found rifles equipped with the devices in the Mandalay Bay hotel room of the gunman who killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more earlier this month in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

“While federal law severely restricts the availability of automatic weapons, bump stocks are widely available,” the letter said, signed by Vance and 26 other top prosecutors around the U.S. “It makes no sense to allow access to devices that so easily circumvent existing federal protections.”

The letter also thanked Feinstein for her “continual leadership on gun violence prevention measures” and claimed the “legislation would prevent future mass carnage.”