Bump Stock Prohibition Begins October 1


Florida gun owners, this is an important reminder that effective October 1st, 2018; Section 790.222 Florida Statute goes into effect.

790.222 entitled Bump-fire stocks prohibited, reads as follows: A person may not import into this state or transfer, distribute, sell, keep for sale, offer for sale, possess, or give to another person a bump-fire stock. Anyone who violates this section commits a felony of the third degree and could face up to five years in prison.

The new law goes on to define the term “bump-fire stock” to mean a conversion kit, a tool, an access, or a device used to alter the rate of fire of a firearm to mimic an automatic weapon fire or is used to increase the rate of fire to a faster rate than is possible for a person to fire a semi-automatic firearm unassisted by a kit, tool, an accessory, or a device.

Reading the definition should cause you concern. It is so vague that it could include almost any modification to your firearm. Many of our members called because they have or they want to decrease the weight necessary to pull the trigger. It can be argued that by decreasing the pressure necessary to pull the trigger increases the rate of fire to a faster rate than is possible unassisted by a kit, tool, accessory, or a device.

Until a court rules on this, understand that you may become the test case if you modify your firearm to fire more easily by decreasing the trigger pressure. It is important to note that there is no grandfathering provision to the new law, which means that if you already own such an item or altered firearm, you must get rid of it prior to October 1st, 2018.

You can transfer, lawfully destroy it, or some local law enforcement agencies are allowing you to turn it in to them for destruction. However you decide to get rid of it, you must do so prior to October 1st, 2018.

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