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You now can get busted for a bump stock in Denver

Author: Adam McCoy - February 20, 2018 - Updated: February 20, 2018

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A bump stock in action. (washingtonexaminer.com)

Now that they’re illegal in Denver city limits, police say they’ll take those bump stocks.

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

In a Friday press statement, the Denver Police Department said to avoid being in violation of the newly-enacted ordinance, any residents with bump stocks can now turn them over to the authorities.

“If Denver residents are in possession of a bump stock, and would like to turn-in their bump stock to the Denver Police Department, they can do so at any Denver Police Station,” the department said.

The statement went on to note anyone found in unlawful possession of a bump stock could be fined between $100 and $999, and if incarcerated, spend 10 to 180 days in jail.

Bump stocks replace an assault rifle’s standard stock and frees 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 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.