TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson city leaders will debate a ban on so called "bump stocks" at its next council meeting on Oct. 24, 2017.
While the text of the agenda item # 10 explicitly calls the item a ban, it's unlikely the city will be able to do so.
10. BAN ON PRODUCTS THAT RENDER SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS CAPABLE OF AUTOMATIC FIRE
a. Report from City Manager OCT24-17-361 CITY WIDE
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Under state preemption laws, the city cannot pass any law or ordinance which is prohibited under the Arizona State Revised Statutes.
State law is explicit.
A related accessory is a "bump stock".
The item became a focus of attention following the mass shooting in Las Vegas where 58 people were killed.
A bump stock allows a semi-automatic weapon to become fully automatic firing hundreds of rounds a minutes.
The shooter in the massacre used a bump stock.
Calls for a nationwide ban have not been successful in Congress and Tucson is the first municipality in Arizona to call for a ban.
Tucson City Attorney Mike Rankin will likely advise the council that it does not have the power to ban the devices. Instead, a resolution with a legal analysis and condemnation will be voted on.
A resolution will outline the city's stance on the issue but carries no legal weight.
The company which sells bump stocks, Slide Fire, says on its website it is not taking any new orders but they are still being advertised on several Tucson websites.
District 9 State Lawmaker Pamela Powers Hannley says she supports Tucson's efforts.
In a statement to KOLD News 13 she said: