L.A. Police Protective League Joins Effort to Ban Bump Stocks

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles Police Protective League today joined a nationwide effort to seek a ban on mechanisms that allow for the conversion of a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic weapon.

Among other organizations seeking the ban are unions representing law enforcement officers in Long Beach, Oakland and Sacramento, the LAPPL said in a statement.

``In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the need for law enforcement and the communities they protect to have interactions grounded in mutual respect, all parties are pledging to advocate for common sense  legislation to ban `bump stocks' and any other mechanism that allows for the conversion of a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic weapon ...'' the statement said.

The organizations also are pledging to seek legislation banning armor- piercing bullets and gun silencers, the LAPPL statement said.

``Additionally, the parties are pledging to lead an initiative to partner with professional sports franchises, businesses and ... community leaders to create a public awareness campaign designed to improve police and community relationships,'' the statement said.

The San Francisco 49ers have joined in the effort, according to the LAPPL.

The Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas left nearly five dozen people dead and hundreds of others wounded. The gunman used a bump stock mechanism that allowed a semi-automatic weapon to fire as though it were a machine gun.

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