STATEWIDE — Some lawmakers in the state want to redefine what a machine gun entails.
As of right now, possessing a machine gun is a Class D crime. The definition of a machine gun in Maine does not include a weapon to which a bump stock is affixed.
If this legislation passes, it would cause Maine law to conform with the federal regulation and ban bump stocks.
“There is no legitimate purpose to owning a bump stock or other type of firearm accessory that enhances the rate of firing,” said Representative Vicki Doudera, D-Camden.
A bump stock can make a semi-automatic rifle mimic a fully automatic rifle.
Lawmakers will decide in a couple of weeks whether to recommend this bill to the full legislature.