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Massachusetts became the first state to ban bump-stocks for firearms, and after three weeks with the new law in effect, police are apparently shocked that only a few citizens have come forward to voluntarily give up their newly illegal devices.

Bump stocks, which replace a rifle’s standard stock and allow the gun to mimic an automatic weapon, came under fire in October after police claimed that the suspected gunman in the Las Vegas shooting, Stephen Paddock, had 12 rifles with bump stocks in his hotel room.

While it is not clear whether the bump stocks were used, or how they contributed to the carnage that resulted from the shooting, they became the focus of the mainstream media’s wrath, and Massachusetts jumped into action. Now, residents who violate the new law could spend anywhere from 18 months to life in prison.

The ban took place in the state on Feb. 1, and the new regulations gave residents the option to turn their bump stocks over to law enforcement with no repercussions—but so far, police departments in Springfield, West Springfield, Holyoke, Agawam, Granby and Ludlow have received zero bump stocks.

The Chicopee Police Department has received four bump stocks, and Officer Mike Wilk told 22News that he was actually shocked by the low response. “Four is surprising. I figured we would get a few more, but at least we got four,” Wilk said.

There is no incentive for residents to turn in their bump stocks, other than a pat on the back and the peace of mind that they no longer own something the state has deemed illegal. Wilk said he believes that “there are people that could transfer them out of state. If they had a second residence they could have brought them there.”

Essex Police Chief Peter Silva told CBS Boston that the one man in his city who voluntarily turned his bump stock in expressed his frustration at the fact that he paid more than $250 for the device and he was now being forced to turn it over to the police with nothing in return.

“He was a little frustrated because of the fact that he’d paid a little over $250 on this piece here, and there was no redeeming value for him on the other side to recover that money,” Silva said.

While there is no clear proof that bump stocks were responsible for the nearly 60 deaths that resulted from the Las Vegas shooting, John Rosenthal, founder of a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that advocated for the ban, told the Huffington Post that he believes bump stocks should be outlawed because, “We saw in Las Vegas the carnage, which far exceeded the carnage of any other mass shooting in U.S. history, and it made it very clear to me that there’s no purpose whatsoever for a bump stock, other than killing a lot of people very quickly.”

Rosenthal also told CBS Baltimore, “There’s no question in my mind that people won’t turn them in” if the ban became law, and clearly that was not the result.

The city of Denver, Colorado, has introduced a similar ban, which makes bump stocks illegal to sell, carry, store or possess within city limits. While residents also have the option to turn over their devices to law enforcement without repercussions, violators could be fined up to $999 and face up to 180 days in jail.

One of the main points that do not appear to have been thoroughly addressed in this debate is what happens to the bump stocks after they are turned over to police. Not only does the former owner receive no compensation, but the local police department now has a new weapon to add to its increasingly militarized arsenal. And as The Free Thought Project has reported, police in the United States have killed 450 percent more Americans than the last four decades of mass shootings—combined.


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32 COMMENTS

  1. Maybe the reason only four stocks were turned in is that only four people in MA owned one. Now everyone is at least four times safer. Ha.

    It’s so satisfying to watch the state embarrass itself as the people nullify.

    • YEAH, THAT’S HOW THEY JUSTIFY MORE POLICE STATE. THEY CREATE CRIMINALS AND THEN STUMP FOR MORE MONEY TO “FIGHT THE RISE IN CRIME”. ORWELL WAS RIGHT—“THE PIGS ARE RUNNING THE FARM”. THE PRIVATIZED PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX NEEDS INMATES TO SURVIVE.

      • pigs wow! Thought after Trump this site turned pro Status, and leo.
        Only now this site is returning to some normalcy, Messiah Trump this and Messiah Trump that for over a year, and not a word on cop brutality or how our rights are being lost.
        Oh nvm this site comment it’s still somewhat sane line the sheeple is though ti was Info-wars lol.

        • You do realize the reference to pigs running the farm is about pigs running the farm in a book by George Orwell right? It’s not a reference to cops. BTW I couldn’t make heads or tales of anything you just said…

          • Yes, you did you know exactly what I said and meant. No, you didn’t mean Orwell’s book of pig farm you meant cops for that’s what the story is about, cops being butthurt that no one is complying with a baned gun part.

          • Now you sound like my ex-fiance–“You know very well exactly what I meant”–Gee how would I know?

          • @Rich Breton…The stories in Orwell’s book were analogies and metaphors. These were not intended as children’s fables but instead as a political statement. If you fail to see the political or philosophical references you need a better education or a higher I.Q.

  2. That David Hogg is a plant! He was on CBS News LA last year complaining about lifeguards on the beach. That’s California for you folks keeping track, not Florida.. and why is he so camera prone? Plus there is footage of him practicing lines before a CNN interview! Out these people, and those fronting them..

  3. Most people don’t even want bump stocks, they hamper a guns accuracy and waste a lot of expensive bullets, unfortunately the threat of banning things makes them sell like hot cakes.

  4. To Rachel Blevins – in re to – ” but the local police department now has a new weapon to add to its increasingly militarized arsenal.
    they only are supposed to turn in the stock , not the whole rifle . It takes about 15 minutes to take it apart & put it back together with the old stock.

  5. He was a little frustrated because of the fact that he’d paid a
    little over $250 on this piece here, and there was no redeeming value
    for him on the other side to recover that money,” Silva said.
    That was his fault should of kept it.
    Trump just asked DOJ to ban em now too. And now supports fix the Nics.

  6. Used to like this site back when it confronted cops and told you how to film and say no to them. Now the only time it takes a break from worshiping Idol trump is when this kind of thing happens.
    Don’t get me wrong voted trump but never worshiped at his alter neither.
    Once began his terror against the Cole memo and reinstated asset forfeiture, I can’t support him no linger since he’s the one probably backing Sessions.
    The liberty movement let itself be hoodwinked!

    • So I guess You shoud GTFO, and find a nice liberal site somewhere,
      perhaps al jazeera would suit you–they banned me the first day I posted

  7. Refusal to obey draconian laws is the beginning of greater levels of rebellion. Once started down that path, those so inclined will have less reason to obey any further restrictions on their liberty.

  8. are they going to ban rubber bands, shoe strings and paper clips? All three can be used to create “bump stock” function in any semi-automatic firearm.

  9. Good, don’t turn them in. You will need them when the criminals running the US Cartel declare martial law. Civil war is coming people. We don’t live in a democracy anymore, prepare yourselves.

  10. Let US see the logic here. I buy a piece of equipment let’s say a leaf blower or whatever, go ahead chime in that it’s not a leaf blower that we are talking about I’ll wait…… anyway the state makes a law that that piece is now illegal. I paid good money for it, but, the state wants me to give it to them for free. Yeah right I can see that happening as soon as everyone turns in their phone for using it while they are driving or every drunk driver hands over their car. Yeah right.

  11. They could have just made them illegal to sell but instead they prefer to make legal gun owners into criminals. The next tactic will be forced registration of all guns and once again those legal gun owners who refuse to register will be turned into criminals.

    Once registered they can claim your guns are illegal and seize your guns unless you can afford to hire an attorney and prove they are legal to get them back. They do this now with money, if you have a large amount of cash they can seize it even without charging you with any crime then it is up to you to hire an attorney to defend your money.

    Sadly the sheep are too blind to understand that it has never been about public safety and well being and always about power and control.

    Congress has repeatedly voted for slave labor throughout the world while it has supported the destruction of the middle class. We kill our sons and daughters waging senseless but for the profit of a very select few lucrative wars on the world and call it fighting terrorism while we destroy our economy with trillions in debt. We kill, rob and imprison our citizens and call it the War on Drugs and now we are moving to the War on Guns. We use Homeland Security as an excuse to violate the Constitution of the United States and the civil rights of our citizens and call it protecting freedom.

    Ross Perot warned of the big sucking sound with free trade agreements while our so called leaders promised prosperity for all. You can’t compete with countries that allow slave labor and the freedom to cut costs polluting due to little or no regulations. The only way to equally compete with a third world country is to become a third world country

    We have either elected the most incompetent leaders that we could possibly have elected or the most corrupt

    The US could make a real change if we the people would raise up patriots in third parties and vote out every incumbent sold out to special interests at every election or corrupt laws could be neutered by jury nullification but unfortunately that is not happening.

    The corruption is not only in the government that sells the lies and promises but it is also in We the People that buy into the lies and promises.

    Dear sheep looking for the wolves to protect you, the biggest problem with freedom is that freedom is never free, unless honored, revered and vigilantly protected the wolves will always be waiting to take it away.

    The whole plan of those hiding behind the curtain is to destroy nations, crash economies, shut down free speech, flood the world with terrorists then get the people to beg to have their rights and freedoms taken away in order to be safe

    We are now at the crossroads and the big question will be does mankind deserve to be free anymore?

    Welcome to the New World Order Comrades where you are free to be a slave, a criminal or dead.

  12. Ex post facto.
    The state can not pass a law that claims to make illegal/criminal what was perfectly valid when you did something [acquire your bump fire stock].
    UnConstituitional, meaning null and void.

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