HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — A gun accessory that gained national attention after the Las Vegas shooting is now banned.
People who own bump stocks will have to destroy or surrender them within 90 days, after the federal regulation gets officially published. That’s believed to happen Friday.
Bump stocks have been a controversial topic for over a year.
"You install it like this, then you can shoot this gun semi-automatic, or you can shoot it where it simulates full auto," said Overwatch Defense owner Travis Rector as he displayed a bump stock.
"There's going to be a lot people that say 'It doesn't really infringe on our Second Amendment rights to bear arms,' however there is going to be other people who say 'Yes, it does,'" Rector said.
The acting attorney general signed the federal regulation banning bump stocks Tuesday morning.
It essentially puts bump stocks into the same category as machine guns.
"It’s not making any mechanism inside the firearm do fully automatic shots, but what it is doing is manipulating the recoil off of it," Rector said.
The way it works is the accessory uses the gun’s recoil effect to bump off the shooter's shoulder and then back into the trigger finger. That’s what causes the gun to fire repeatedly.
"Bump stocks, quite frankly, I think are kind of ridiculous," said Hendersonville resident Geoff Wilson.
Wilson said he's a full supporter of the Second Amendment, but thinks bump stocks are unnecessary.
"I have to agree with the ban,” said Wilson. “Turn them in, get rid of them. And like I said, I’m a full supporter of the Second Amendment."
We don’t know exactly how many bump stocks have been sold.
"If there is not serial number on them, there is no way to tell who's got what," said Rector.
But the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms estimates there are about 520,000 already purchased by the public.
"A lot of people are going to be afraid that once people go after (bump stocks), and if they don't stand up to the government for taking this away, then the government is going to overreach and they’re going to take this," said Rector, referring to an AR-15 at his gun store.
We still don’t know what the consequences will be for people who don’t destroy or surrender their bump stocks in the next 90 days.
We are expected to learn more later this week.