Bump stocks now illegal in Florida

Florida

As of Oct. 1, bump stocks are now illegal in the state of Florida.

The ban on bump stocks, which make semi-automatic guns fire faster, was included in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Act, which passed in response to the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead and 17 injured.

The law prohibits the possession or sale of bump stocks in the state of Florida.

“You could have purchased a bump stock a week ago, a year ago, or two years ago, but possession of it after October 1 is a felony,” Sheriff Grady Judd said.

Bump stocks came under fire one year ago, when a gunman in Las Vegas used the devices to kill 58 people and wound hundreds. 

“It works by firing, when you fire the gun, the stock cocks the gun and lets you fire it again without squeezing the trigger, it’s your shoots on its own,” said Guns Galore store owner Al Delatorre. 

Delatorre said he’s never carried bump stocks at his store because avid shooters generally aren’t interested in them. 

Despite that, the new law is getting some push back.

“They’re argument is that, it, you’re taking away our Second Amendment rights. This is not a firearm,” said Sheriff Judd.

He said law enforcement didn’t create the law, but must to enforce it.

Drop off sites have been set up all over the Tampa Bay area.

“No criminal charges, no investigation, no report, you don’t even have to give us your name,” Sheriff Judd said.

If you’re caught with a bump stock it’s a third degree felony. 

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