Washington the fourth state to ban bump stocks

Gov. Jay Inslee signs law banning rapid-fire device for firearms

Gov. Jay Inslee signs a ban on bump stocks on Tuesday, March. 6.

Taylor McAvoy
Gov. Jay Inslee signs a ban on bump stocks on Tuesday, March. 6.

— A controversial gun-control bill banning bump stocks was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 5922 passed both chambers of the Legislature by slim margins along party lines. The vote was 29-20 in the Senate and 56-41 in the House of Representatives.

Starting July 1, 2018, bump stocks will be illegal to manufacture or sell in the state.

And starting July 1, 2019, the accessory will be illegal to possess.

The bill allows police officers to seize weapons found with bump stocks and to request felony charges for possession or use of them.

The Senate approved a House amendment that requires the Washington State Patrol to administer a buy-back program from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.

Those who currently own bump stocks can bring the device to facilities and receive $150 for them.

“This measure is just one more modest step to prevent gun violence,” Inslee said.

Bump stocks became a topic of national conversation after the mass-casualty shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas in October.

The shooter reportedly used a bump stock, a device that attaches to a semi-automatic rifle increasing its firing rate.

Jim and Ann Marie Parsons, a couple who lost their daughter, Carrie, in the shooting, stood at Inslee’s side as he signed the bill.

California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey have already banned bump stocks.


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