MENTOR, OH (WOIO) - President Donald Trump made the promise in October that he would find a way to ban bump stocks.
That ban, now a federal regulation, will take effect most likely on Friday.
Bump stocks allow a weapon’s recoil to bump the trigger allowing a semi-automatic weapon to be used as an automatic. A bump stock was used on a semi-automatic weapon during the mass killing in Las Vegas in October 2017.
Steve McKee, the manager of Silverado Arms, a gun and ammo shop in Mentor, doesn’t think the bump stock ban will make much of a difference because he doesn’t see many owners giving them up voluntarily.
Even if they do, McKee says, most gun owners know how to build their own bump stocks.
“I think it’s all political,” McKee said.
The politics of the gun control legislation will never stop being debated.
Gun rights advocates, some of them, will be convinced that this is the first step in the government coming for their guns.
“I can’t say that, I can’t say this is the first step for them trying to take away more rights, but I think it is going to be perceived that way,” McKee said.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives will have the authority to take action against anyone who does not comply with the new regulation, but it is not yet clear how the regulation will be enforced.