Federal bump stock ban takes effect Tuesday

Kent County

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A federal ban taking effect Tuesday is leaving bump stock owners with two choices: turn it in or destroy it.

The Trump administration outlawed bump stocks in 2018 as pressure mounted after the deadly Las Vegas concert shooting of 2017. The gunman who shot and killed 58 people at the event used a bump stock, which essentially turns semi-automatic rifles into machine guns.

In West Michigan, at least one gun store manager doesn’t seem to mind the bump stock ban.

Gregg Glasco of Barracks 616 says the Cascade Township store has only sold three bump stocks in their five years of business. While bump stocks allow a gun to fire more rapidly, Glasco says they also make it more difficult to hit a target. He also says bump stocks can be costly, selling for about $400 each.

“I think it’s one of those things where the NRA (National Rifle Association), the shooting community just said, ‘Look, this is a product that very few people shoot, it’s not a recreational product, it’s not worth fighting for,’” said Glasco.

When 24 Hour News 8 reached out to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Detroit to see how many bump stocks people turned in on the first day of the ban, the bureau didn’t say. However, the agency said owners can destroy bump stocks on their own.

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