What the bump stock ban means for East Tennesseans


Bump stocks are now banned in the United States. The devices allow a semi-automatic weapon to fire like a machine gun.

This all came about after Stephen Paddock used a bump stock in the October 2017 shooting at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.

Paddock fired into the crowd from his hotel room and killed 58 people. 

The ban on bump stocks officially went into effect Tuesday. This means if you own a bump stock, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms says you have to turn it in or self destroy it.

Robbie Paskiewicz, the owner of Knoxville Gun Range, says he has not sold bump stocks, but he’s had a few people come in and shoot with them.

I would say that out of every 100 people that come in and shoot a semi-automatic rifle, less than two percent would have bump stock, and that’s just a guess quite honestly, he said.

If you own the device, the ATF has a message for you.

If you’re an individual that has one of these items, we would like you to choose one of the three prescribed methods. That’s either turn it into law enforcement, the ATF office, or to properly destroy it on your own through the directions provided at the ATF website, said ATF spokesman Michael Knight.

Knight also making it clear when we spoke, they really want to work with the public to help satisfy these requirements, letting everyone know they can call an ATF office if they have any questions.

For more information about what to do, where to go or who to call, ATF says to visit their website.

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