Federal Bump Stock Ban Goes into Effect

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Published on March 26, 2019 - Duration: 01:07s

Federal Bump Stock Ban Goes into Effect

People who own bump stocks had 90 days to relinquish or destroy them once the final rule was published.

That happened on Dec.

26.


Federal Bump Stock Ban Goes into Effect

A federal ban on bump stocks  goes into effect  Tuesday.  Bump stocks essentially let semiautomatic guns mimic automatic firing.

The devices grabbed the nation's attention after the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, where 58 people were killed and hundreds of others were injured.

Authorities say the gunman rigged his weapons with bump stocks.  A few months after that attack, the Justice Department submitted a regulation proposal that would classify bump-stock-type devices as machine guns and ban their possession, sale and manufacturing.  And in December, then-acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker signed a federal regulation that effectively prohibits them.

People who own bump stocks had 90 days after the rule was published in the Federal Register to hand over or destroy them.

That happened on Dec.

26.

On Monday, gun rights groups asked the Supreme Court to keep the government from enforcing the ban.  A federal judge already  dismissed one challenge  against the ban, which argued that the government didn't have the legal authority to enforce it. 

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