Federal ban on bump stocks to take effect Tuesday

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Despite a number of lawsuits, a federal ban on bump stocks will go into effect Tuesday. A bump stock is a gun accessory that helps weapons fire rapidly.

It was used by the Stephen Paddock, during the deadly 1 October shooting on the Strip.

Nevada leaders want to make the federal ban state law, so starting on March 26, owning bump stocks will be a felony punishable by up to 10-years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

In wake of the deadly shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival that happened on 1 October, President Donald Trump announced the change in policy in Dec. 2018, giving bump stock owners 90-days to destroy the gun accessory or hand it over to the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives.

“I don’t ever want anybody to have to go through what I went through; not just that day, but the weeks after and not just the people, right? It’s also the families and the friends who were affected,” said Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, D, Nev. District 41.

Assemblywoman Jauregui is the sponsor of AB-291, which would make the bump stocks ban state law.

She and her now husband were at the Route 91 Harvest Festival the night it happened.

“Because there’s so much uncertainty at the federal level, you never know when something’s gonna get repealed or not,” said Assemblywoman Jauregui.  “In the future, if the bump stock is repealed on the federal level at least we know we have protection here in Nevada still.”

Jauregui ‘s bill is one of at least two proposed legislation that want to make bump stocks illegal in Nevada.  A hearing on the measure has yet to be heard.

“This isn’t a gun grab; we’re not going out and taking people’s firearms and keeping track who has firearms,” said Assemblywoman Jauregui.  “This is just a measure of public safety so that we never have another 1 October in Nevada.”

Several lawsuits have challenged the federal policy change, but none so far are preventing the ban from going into effect.

The ATF has one office in Las Vegas near Eastern Avenue and the 215.

Learn more info from the ATF on the bump stock ban here.

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