Gun shop responds to Trump’s ban on bump stocks

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MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – The Trump administration is putting a stop to the sale of bump stocks. 

The firearm accessory has been banned and owners have 90-days to either turn them in or destroy them.

A bump stock is an accessory that allows semi-automatic guns to obtain a feel/function similar to that of an automatic. Simply put, it allows the gun carrier to fire off rounds faster. 

“It’s a good way to waste a lot of ammo in a short amount of time. It’s very difficult to control. It’s something that is fun and serves a purpose, but it’s not something a lot of people are in love with,” said Scott Cronin, the Training Manager at The Miami Armory. 

Cronin says not many people buy bump stocks to begin with. Several other shops told 2 NEWS the stocks were not a “hot item”. 

The gunman responsible for killing 58 people in Las Vegas used a bump stock.

President Trump has also vowed since the Parkland shooting to ban the stocks. 

Locally, gunshops have mixed feelings. 

“The biggest thing that I think people are having a problem with is that the federal government can, with a snap of it’s finger, ban something. Now you have millions of Americans overnight becoming potential felons,” said Cronin. 

Possessing a bump stock after the 90-day probationary period could lead to 10-years in prison or a fine of up to $250,000.

You can either turn over stocks to the ATF or destroy them by melting, crushing or shredding them. 

“I know that there were some states that have already passed bump stock bans. The thing I’m interested in, is who turns them in, ” said Cronin. 

It’s not clear if the White House will face any legal backlash. 

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