Bump stock ban takes effect

Bump stock ban takes effect on Guam. Law enforcement officials urges the community to turn over these attachments. (PNC Photo)

Guam – Law enforcement agencies urged residents to turn over their bump stocks to comply with the federal ban that recently took effect. Gun owners may face up to 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine for non-compliance.

Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF) and the Guam Police Department made the announcement during a joint press conference on Thursday.

Acting Police Chief, Steve Ignacio and ATF Agent-in-Charge, Jeffrey Gaines announced that both agencies are partnering up to collect bump stocks from anyone who is in possession.

Ignacio said that this is not a local ban, rather it is a federal mandate and local police are working to get Guam compliant.

“We ask the community’s assistance and we ask for their cooperation. What we’re trying to do is prevent them from violating the law,” Ignacio said, adding, “The last thing we want to do is to not provide the opportunity for people to come in and be caught in a situation where they are not aware of the change in law.”

Gaines described a bump stock as an accessory that enables a semi-automatic weapon to fire multiple rounds with one pull of the trigger.

“A bump stock in itself basically harnesses the recoil from that semi-automatic pistol and allows it to be able to expend more than one round from a single pull of the trigger,” Gaines said.

The federal government reviewed the legality of owning these devices following the Las Vegas shooting incident in 2017.  The gunman used the device and killed more than 50 people.

In December, the Department of Justice, without congressional approval, issued a rule banning the attachment retroactively. Some argued that this action directly violates the Constitution and sets a dangerous precedent.

The schedule for the voluntary surrender is as follows:

  • Dededo precinct – Monday, April 22;
  • Hagatna precinct – Wednesday, April 24, and;
  • Agat precinct – Monday, April 29.

All precinct locations will be accepting bump stocks from 4:00 p.m. to 7::00 p.m.