Bump stock ban has some shortcomings

The buyback program went broke and enforcement looks limited

Bump stocks — the gun add-ons that can dramatically increase their rate of fire — are now officially illegal in the U.S., according to NPR:

"Anyone selling or owning bump stocks could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000 for each violation."

Bump stocks came under scrutiny after the October 2017 massacre in Las Vegas, according to CNN:

The incident left 58 people dead and 850 injured:

A buyback program ran out of money, according to another CNN report:

And ATF's enforcement plan is limited, according to The Trace:

"The agency has no requirement that individuals report that they have destroyed or turned in their bump stocks."


Schematic of the Las Vegas shooting scene, via Wikipedia.


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