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No bump stocks turned over one month after Denver ban enacted

Author: Adam McCoy - March 19, 2018 - Updated: March 19, 2018

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A bump stock in action. (washingtonexaminer.com)

It’s been about a month since Denver police offered to take bump stocks off any owner’s hands as the city’s ban on the device officially became active.

Yet, no such device has been surrendered, Denverite reports.

In late January, Denver became among the first cities in the country to institute a ban on bump stocks — the device reportedly used by the shooter in the Las Vegas massacre to increase his weapons’ rate of fire.

As the ban went into effect, the Denver Police Department said in February to avoid being in violation of the newly-enacted ordinance, any residents with bump stocks can now turn them over to the authorities.

Bump stocks replace an assault rifle’s standard stock and free the weapon to slide back and forth rapidly, channeling the energy from the weapon’s recoil. That allows for more rapid fire, nearly that of a fully automatic weapon. The device is most notable for its use in the Las Vegas massacre — the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The bump stock measure, crafted by candidate for state Senate Alan Kennedy-Shaffer and introduced by Councilman Rafael Espinoza, amended the city’s existing ordinance banning assault weapons to make it illegal to sell, carry, store or otherwise possess a bump stock.

The measure also now makes it unlawful to have a magazine capable of holding more than 15 rounds. The old standard was 21 rounds in Denver; the change will bring the city into compliance with existing state law.

Denver joined Columbia, S.C., believed to be the first city to institute a ban according to NPR, in being the among the first cities to pass legislation related to bump stocks.

Adam McCoy

Adam McCoy

Adam McCoy covers Denver-area politics for Colorado Politics.