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Federal bump stock ban goes into effect

Posted at 6:33 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 19:33:08-04

TULSA, OK (KJRH) — Tuesday was the last day to legally turn in or destroy a bump stock. After March 26, simply owning one will be a federal felony.

Gun store owners say when bump stocks became available, they were wildly popular for about six months. Then, for four years, the demand plummeted.

Demand rose again after the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017. Owners say they received calls from people who wanted bump stocks just because there was speculation they might get banned. Now, owning one can result in up to 10 years in prison or a $10,000 fine, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

While store owners say some people might not want to give them up, those owners are running a risk.

"If you're out shooting a gun with a bump stock, there's a chance somebody's going to call the police on you," said David Stone, President of Dong's Guns, Ammo, and Reloading in Tulsa. "It's going to go downhill from there."

According to the ATF, there's no way to know how many bump stocks exist. The estimate is 280,000 to 520,000 in the U.S.

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