Owning and selling bump stocks will soon be illegal.
The federal government is moving forward with banning the accessory that makes a semi-automatic rifle fire like a machine gun.
Most notably, the attachment was used during the 1 October massacre that left 58 people dead in Las Vegas.
A shooting survivor who was working as a bartender during the country music festival when her life was turned upside down made it her mission to prevent gun violence. She says the announcement is a small victory.
“It’s just, you know, amazing,” said Heather Gooze, 1 October survivor.
She looks over the mementos from the time she spoke before U.S. senators, demanding a ban on bump stocks.
“I ask that the committee not forget all of the lives that were lost that day. All of the lives affected that day and all the lives that could be affected in the future,” she said to the committee.
Just over a year later, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it will be filing paperwork by the end of the week that will change the definition of machine guns under federal law, making bump stocks illegal to own and sell.
“I feel like I made a change. I feel like I was a part of this. If it wasn’t for the Las Vegas shooting and the survivors standing up saying something needs to be done, this might not have happened.”
The National Rifle Association released a statement that reads in part:
“We are disappointed that this final rule fails to address the thousands of law-abiding Americans who relied on prior atf determinations when lawfully acquiring these devices…”
Under the new regulation, owners will have 90 days to surrender their bump stocks.
“I just plea with everybody, just do what’s right. Just turn them in,” Gooze said. “It’s not going to change your life but it can change somebody’s life down the road.”
Soon after the massacre on the Strip, the online company that makes the accessory stopped selling bump stocks indefinitely.
On their website, Slidefire posted that they are no longer taking orders but their remaining inventory is available on another site.
“If bump stocks were never invented, our 58 wouldn’t have been murdered with bump stocks.”
Unwanted firearms can typically be dropped off at police departments.
8 News Now reached out to Metro to see if the same will be true for bump stocks but we’re waiting to hear back.
As far as penalties for owning the accessory once the ban goes into effect, in some cases, it is a felony to modify a firearm.