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Prohibit Multi-burst Trigger Activators

Concerning crimes related to multi-burst trigger activators, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2018 Regular Session
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

Under current law, possession of a dangerous weapon is a class 5 felony for a first offense and a class 4 felony for each subsequent offense. The bill amends the definition of 'dangerous weapon' to include a 'multi-burst trigger activator', which the bill defines as:

  • A device that attaches to a semiautomatic firearm and allows the firearm to discharge 2 or more shots in a burst when the device is activated; or
  • A manual or power-driven trigger-activating device that, when attached to a semiautomatic firearm, increases the rate of fire of that firearm.

The bill also provides that a person who sells a multi-burst trigger activator to another person, or who purchases a multi-burst trigger activator from another person, commits a class 5 felony; except that each subsequent violation by the same person is a class 4 felony.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. M. Merrifield



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