A law signed by New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday outlaws the sale and possession of bump-fire stocks and other firearms accessories and components.
The law, which goes into effect immediately, requires anyone in possession of a bump-fire stock to surrender it to a law enforcement agency within the next 90 days. Licensed manufacturers and retailers have only 30 days to do the same. Those who do not surrender their bump-fire stocks within those time periods will be subject to three to five years in prison, a fine of up to $15,000, or both.
The law defines a bump-fire stock only as “a device that is designed to attach to a semi-automatic firearm in order to fire shots in rapid succession in a manner that simulates an automatic firearm.”
Governor Christie did not release any statement on his decision to sign the legislation into law, according to NJ Advance Media, but the legislation itself cited the Las Vegas shooting. “On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire on an outdoor venue in Las Vegas, Nevada killing 59 people and injuring at least 530 people in the deadliest mass shooting in the United States’ modern history,” the legislation said. “According to recent news reports, the rifles found in the gunman’s hotel room were modified with a bump stock.”
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