BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts law banning devices designed to make semi-automatic rifles mimic the firing action of fully automatic weapons goes into effect this week.

Massachusetts State Police says starting Thursday, people will be prohibited from possessing bump stocks under all circumstances. The law passed in November also bans the possession of trigger cranks.

Massachusetts was the first state to ban bump stocks since the October mass shooting in Las Vegas in which the shooter used the device to kill 58 people and injured hundreds more.

State Police says the first part of the law, which the outlawed the sale or transfer of ownership of the devices, went into effect when the law was signed.

Authorities say owners of bump stock or trigger cranks are should surrender them to police by Thursday.

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Comments (10)
  1. VIOLATION OF 2ND AMEND SEE DEC USDC CAL NOW BEFORE SCOTUS

    1. jfrbks says:

      I CAN TYPE IN ALL CAPS TOO!

  2. FURTHER TAKING PROPERTY WITHOUT COURT ORDER ORR COMP IS VIOLATION OF US CONSTITUTION AND STATE DECLARATION OF RIGHTS DISGRACE!

    1. Leon Franzen says:

      Are you posting via Western Union telegram?

  3. Massachusetts is the most anti-gun state. I get tired of people complaining about older men drinking, smoking or having sex. All this borders on Fascism. And is just as bad as Trump.

  4. The thing that many people don’t seem to understand is that this retroactive ban is legal because you CAN keep your property and be in compliance.

    All you have to do is move the stock out of state. The state of MA has no legal authority to limit what you can possess in another state.

    The problem is that the letter that was sent to gun owners is deceitful and fails to mention this method of compliance. The letter explicitly lies by saying that confiscation is the only method of compliance.

    If that was the case, the state would have to pay people. But the state was very smart. The actual statute is legal. The letter describes an illegal law to coerce people to not just comply, but to comply in a way that allows the confiscation of these accessories.

    Either way, its dirty. Either way its tyrannical.

    CML

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