Federal bump stocks ban takes effect

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A federal ban on bump stocks took effect on Tuesday.

A bump stock is a firearm accessory that allows a semi-automatic rifle to fire like an automatic weapon.

The U.S. Justice Department issued the ban in December.

Tuesday was the deadline for people to either have turned the bump stocks into an ATF office or have them destroyed.

Steve Ellis, owner of Top Guns in Terre Haute, describes the process.

“That includes shredding, it could include crushing or melting, but it has to be destroyed beyond repair. If you choose not to do that, then you are in violation of this ban,” says Ellis.

People who violate the bump stock ban can face a $250,000 fine and be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

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