Federal ‘Bump Stock’ Ban Takes Effect Tuesday
Starting tomorrow, it will be illegal to own and/or possess bump stocks in the Unites States. The federal law was amended in 2018 following the mass shooting in Las Vegas where 58 lost their lives and hundreds of others were injured while attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival, some of those in attendance were from the Treasure Valley.
According to KTVB, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives defines bump stock devices as: "any device that turns a semi-automatic weapon into a machine gun-style, rapid-fire weapon."
If you own or possess one or more bump stock you have two options. You can either destory them or turn them in to a local ATF office (251 East Front Street, suite 204 - Boise) or local law enforcement agencies that accept them. Here's a list of agencies who responded to KTVB about accepting bump stocks:
- Ada County Sheriff
- Canyon County Sheriff
- Twin Falls County Sheriff
- Boise Police Department
- Meridian PD
According to KTVB, Idaho State Police said they DO NOT accept them, while other law enforcement agencies around the Treasure Valley did not respond to the inquiry. KTVB, suggests that you reach out to the agency before bringing any weapon to their buildings.
If you plan to destroy the bump stocks, you may melt it, crush it, or cut it, anything that will "render the device incapable of being readily restored to its intended function." If it is to be cut, it must be done in a way that it cannot be rebuilt. The ATF offers some diagrams that can help you determine where and how to cut the device, get them HERE.
What if you decide you don't want to surrender or destroy your bump stocks? According to KTVB, the federal law states that violating the bump stock ban is considered a felony and you can be punished with fines and up to 10 years in prison.