In January, the Denver City Council approved a ban on the possession of bump stocks and police have told people they need to turn them in. More than two months later, police have not received a single one.
Denverite reports police told gun owners that if they “are in possession of a bump stock, and would like to turn-in their bump stock to the Denver Police Department, they can do so at any Denver Police Station.”
Bump stocks are now illegal in #Denver. If residents are in possession of a bump stock, and would like to turn it in to the Denver Police Department, they can do so at any Denver Police Station. pic.twitter.com/L1ra9MhEjV
— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) February 16, 2018
There is no compensation when turning in a bump stock.
— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) February 17, 2018
The ban was in response to the October mass shooting in Las Vegas.George Frey/Getty Images
The council approved the ban by a vote of 11-1. “Congress failed to act. The legislature had not acted. And I saw an opportunity for Denver to lead the charge and create the momentum that we desperately need,” said Alan Kennedy-Shaffer, who introduced the measure.
The measure that was passed also removed the “grandfather clause” that enabled people to have a magazine with a capacity of 15 rounds or more if they bought it before 2013.
“Why would we allow a rank amateur to have that sort of firepower and capacity, unnecessarily, if we’ve already banned machine guns of this type?” Councilman Rafael Espinoza told Denverite.
If caught with a bump stock, the offender could face a $1,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail, according to Fox 31.