Weird GOP Legislator Blocks Bill to Prohibit “Bump Stocks” on Guns

AZ State Rep. Eddie Farnsworth is stonewalling gun safety legislation.

AZ State Rep. Eddie Farnsworth is stonewalling gun safety legislation. He is some kind of weird gun worshipper.

A gunman in Las Vegas opened fire on the crowd at a music festival last Oct 1. murdering 58 people and injuring 851 more. During the horrific crime, the shooter fired more than 1,100 rounds from his hotel room using a “bump fire” stock to turn a rifle into an automatic weapon.

Today, a GOP legislator in the Arizona state house is blocking a bill that would outlaw bump stock devices and trigger cranks, defying popular support for this common-sense gun safety measure.

Republican state Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, who is the Chair of the state Judiciary and Public Safety Committee said that the bill will NOT get a hearing, because he thinks it’s a waste of time and personally doesn’t support it.

However, the general public is interested in having this bill heard, according to the organization Gun Violence Prevention Arizona.

The bill, HB 2023, was introduced in January by state Democratic Rep. Randy Friese and Rep. Daniel Hernandez, both of Tucson. Friese, who is a trauma surgeon, saved the life of then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head at a supermarket parking lot in 2011. Hernandez, who was an intern in her office at the time, held his hand over Giffords’ wound to slow the bleeding.

Voters in Arizona can contact Farnsworth to demand a hearing on the bill, by:

  • Calling him at (602) 926-5735.
  • Emailing him at efarnsworth@azleg.gov
  • Write him at 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007.
  • Send a fax to 602-417-3122.

Farnsworth is some kind of weird firearms worshipper who has voted in favor of dangerous laws to authorize gun sales without a background check, authorizing the carrying of concealed guns at schools and public places, prohibiting the creation a registry of gun owners, and naming an official state gun.

Dr. Randy Friese, a state Representative from Tucson.

Dr. Randy Friese, a state Representative from Tucson who introduced HB 2023.


In contrast, Dr. Friese sees gun violence as a public health issue, and the constant drum of shootings as an epidemic.

This year, Friese and Hernandez have introduced four more pieces of firearm-related legislation, in addition to the bump stock ban:

  • HB 2024 would require universal criminal background checks for people buying firearms. It would close the so-called “gun show” or “private sale” loophole by requiring a private person selling or transferring a firearm to go through a licensed firearm dealer, with some exceptions. Licensed dealers are required to run background checks.
  • House Concurrent Resolution 2001 is nearly identical to HB 2024, but it asks legislators to put the issue of universal background questions on the ballot.
  • HB 2140 would create a process where immediate family members or a police officer can petition a judge for an injunction to prohibit someone with mental-health issues from possessing a gun.
  • HB 2299 would require a person on probation for a domestic-violence offense to hand all their firearms over to a law enforcement agency for the duration of their probation.

The bills Friese and Hernandez have proposed must receive a public hearing and an affirmative vote in that committee for them to advance.

2 Responses to Weird GOP Legislator Blocks Bill to Prohibit “Bump Stocks” on Guns

  1. “During the horrific crime, the shooter fired more than 1,100 rounds from his hotel room using a “bump fire” stock to turn a rifle into an automatic weapon.”

    Oddly enough — given that investigators have had more than 4 months to do ballistics testing to determine what rifles were used — no leak, affidavit release, search warrant, or autopsy report has said that a bump-fired rifle was used. Early leaks stated that at least one fully-automatic weapon — IN ADDITION TO BUMP-FIRE STOCKED RIFLES — was found, and that others were being evaluated to see if they to had been unlawfully converted. The only weapon specified as being used was the revolver they concluded the shooter used to commit suicide. You’d think by now they’d know if the bump-fire stocked rifles were actually used.

    1,100 rounds in 10 minutes is roughly 2 rounds per second. That would be impressive using an automatic rifle normally fired in bursts (as heard in video recordings). It’s fricking astonishing for bump-fire. If the shooter used bump-fire, he probably had a lot of malfunctions (explaining why he had multiple rifles).

    Nor do bump-fire stocks (or trigger cranks) turn a rifle into an automatic weapon. That — apparently understood by Farnsworth, if not yourself — is physically impossible, no matter what you’ve heard in the media from folks who don’t know how semiautomatic rifles work. Nor do they speed up the rifle’s “rate of fire.” They can’t. The ATF has tested and found they DON’T.

    You have my email address; feel free to contact me for an explanation of why that is the case, and why the ATF has repeatedly said bump-fire stocks do NOT turn rifles into automatic weapons. I’d be happy to discuss why many people find firearms registries problematical, technical and procedural problems with universal background checks, and the why (thanks to the HAYNES decision) criminals need not even submit themselves for such things. Such laws only apply to the 99.9972% of gun owners who don’t commit murder (and I’ll explain that number, too.)

    I’ve found that most laymen who _think_ they favor additional gun control laws don’t actually know what laws are already in place. They are rightly concerned, but are panicked into addressing the wrong problem.

  2. The douchebags at the legislature will never pass any regulations restricting guns in this state until it turns blue.