MIAMI TWP, Ohio (WDTN) – Barring any last second federal intervention, bump stocks, an accessory that increases the fire rate of a semi-automatic gun, will be banned Tuesday.
Why? Flash back to Las Vegas, October of 2017 when 58 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on a concert.
The damage made worse, as investigators claim a bump stock was used.
After a 90 day warning period, the stocks must now be cut, crushed, melted or shredded.
You can also drop them off at an ATF office, but Ohio officials indicate that method has not been popular.
Gun stores like The Miami Armory say bump stocks are not a common accessory.
“We’ve had some people ask in jest, ‘Do you sell bump stocks here?’ But no. It’s never really been a practical accessory,” said Scott Cronin, the Training Manager at The Miami Armory.
The government estimates over 500,000 bump stocks could be out in the market.
Local gun experts say people are not too upset about the ban, but it’s the bigger picture that has gun owners up in arms.
“The government has decided to make these people criminals. They bought them legally. They were not illegal when they purchased them. Now we are saying, ‘If you own that, it’s illegal,'” said Cronin.
Possessing bump stocks could land you hundreds of dollars in fines and upwards of 10 years in prison.