Some people in the CSRA say the ban on bump stocks is a move just to appease those who advocate for more gun control. They also say they doubt bump stock owners will be handing the gun accessory over to government officials. Although if owners don’t, and they get caught, they could end up being a convicted felon.
President Trump said last year, “I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose legislation to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.”
Starting March 26, 2019, bump stocks will be banned in the United States.
“This isn’t left or right. This is a movement for humanity, for safety, for keeping our citizens alive,” said a Parkland school shooting survivor.
Buddy Lichty owns Shooters in Augusta. He said, “It is a political stunt in my mind. Everybody has their opinion on it but it’s a piece of plastic. It’s non-serialized so there’s no background check required to purchase them.”
“It doesn’t particularly bother me. I think it is political,” added U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ian Allen.
Bump stocks were initially created to make it easier for people with disabilities to fire a gun. Although, bump stocks do land in dangerous hands, like in the case of the shooter who killed more than 50 people in Las Vegas.
“Honestly, it’s not going to stop anything. The criminals are just going to ignore the laws and regulations and do what they do anyways,” said Sgt. Allen.
“The people that have them and know that it’s being banned they’re going to quote on quote ‘I sold it or traded it’ or they’re going to say ‘no I don’t have one’ and they’re lying through their teeth,” according to Lichty.
Sgt. Allen explained, “You don’t even need a bump stock. You can take a rubber band and it’ll do the exact same thing.”
Bump stocks are an accessory that modifies some firearms to be fully automatic. Something that Lichty thinks is unnecessary.
“To use a parallel argument, you look at people who take a car or truck, why do they need to jack it up or lift it? Because they can.”
Overall, both Lichty and Sgt. Allen think people need to learn about gun safety before they condemn the culture.
“There should be little bit more restriction on giving out permits to make them qualified with the gun they’re going to be shooting,” said Lichty.
“They need to know about it. They need to know about the safety of it and they need to know to respect it. If you teach them early and you teach them the rules and regulations of owning a firearm and operating a firearm, you won’t have problems,” said Sgt. Allen.