WASHINGTON (WCBD) – A new federal ban on bump stocks is now in effect.
Bump stocks allow semi-automatic rifles to fire continuously with one pull of the trigger.
The Justice Department ruled back in December that an existing ban on fully automatic weapons also applies to bump stocks.
Owners had 90 days to turn in or destroy their bump stocks. That period ends today.
Civilians have not been allowed to own fully automatic weapons since 1986.
There is an exception for those already lawfully owned.
A proposal to ban bump stocks in the Charleston area was announced back in August of 2018.