Three months ago, President Donald Trump announced Bump Stocks would become illegal.
Owners had 90 days to turn in their devices to the local Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) or destroy the device.
In 2017, a gunman in Las Vegas shot and killed more than 50 people while using a bump stock. The device attached to an automatic rifle allowed the gunman to fire more rounds in a shorter amount of time.
“President Trump has declared it as part of a machine gun. A person is subject to a 10-year federal felony for possession of a bump stock,” Duson Police Chief Kip Judice said.
Judice says they’ll be cracking down on the devices. “We are obligated, as a law enforcement officer. I’m obligated to turn in my findings to the District Attorney.”
Tommy Ashy, a local gun owner says the ban won’t make a difference.
“Criminals will be criminals. If you have a high capacity weapon and have an intent to do harm. You can have a knife, a stick, and still do harm,” Ashy said.
After several school shootings took place last year, some students in Acadiana are looking forward to the ban.
“It’ll maybe help decrease violent actions with guns and stuff.. while it may not stop it. it could help it happen less,” Lindsey Bogard, a UL student said.
There is an ATF located in Lafayette. Other locations can be found here