Police Tell Bump Stock Owners To Surrender Their Devices This Week

Owners of bump stocks in Massachusetts have until Thursday to turn them in or face charges.

Boston, MA – A Massachusetts law that bans bump stocks goes into effect this week.

“Bump stocks” became part of the gun debate after it was discovered that Stephen Paddock had bump stocks on the weapons he used when he shot and killed 58 people and injured 851 others.

Massachusetts was the first state to ban bump stocks and trigger cranks, according to WCVB-TV. The Massachusetts State Police said the sale or transfer of ownership of bump stocks was outlawed when the law went into effect in November of 2017, leaving legal owners with no way to recoup the cost of the items.

Now, owners of bump stock have until Feb. 1 to surrender the accessory to police, WCVB reported.

Bump stocks attach to semi-automatic rifles and increase the rate of fire of the weapon by using the recoil force of the weapon to repeatedly initiate a trigger press on the shooter's finger.

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre in October of 2017, the National Rifle Association (NRA) released a statement that it believed bump stocks should be subjected to additional regulations.

The NRA also said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) should review bump stocks to see if they comply with the federal law. However, the NRA has come out against federal legislation that would have banned bump stocks, according to The Hill.

The state of Washington is close to enacting its own ban on bump stocks. The Seattle Times reported that the Washington state Senate passed a ban on bump stocks Jan. 26. That measure was passed by a 29-20 vote.

The bill will go to the state House for consideration. The law would make it illegal for anyone in Washington to make or sell bump stocks starting on July 1, according to The Seattle Times.

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bronx163
bronx163

Criminals are criminals because they break the law commit crimes and continue to run around and over society made laws.
Bumpstock law will do nothing to stop mass shootings.
MA is such a lost state.
State where revoloution was created and most restricted state for Americans to enjoy freedom and right to bear arms. Taxuchuesetts too.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I'm all for guns, but I do agree with not selling automatic weapons or automatic accessories to weapons. There is no practical use for them.

CJSpencer
CJSpencer

Taking something from somebody without financial remuneration is THEFT, pure and simple. It doesn't matter if it's a lowly hood rat, or the government.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@CJSpencer well it's law now, so they'd better turn their bump stocks in or be subject to whatever the ramifications are.

Nemo1948
Nemo1948

bronx163 is right on the money here, Hi_estComnDenomn is way out in left field. The BATFE approved the bumpstock quite some time ago because it met all regulations. The BATFE cannot make laws, so the only law passed here is in Taxachusetts, a progressive left state. Additionally, the bumpstock doesn't make a weapon automatic, only less accurate in my experience.