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Bump stock ban helping 1 October survivor heal

Trump administration officially bans bump stocks
Posted at 5:20 PM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 00:04:47-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Trump administration is officially banning bump stocks.

Under a new federal rule, those who possess the devices, commonly known as bump stocks, will get 90 days to turn them in from the date that the final rule is published in the federal register, which is likely Friday, officials said.

Bump stocks make it easier to fire rounds from a semi-automatic weapon. They harness the gun's recoil to "bump" the trigger faster.

The issue hits home for a lot of people in Las Vegas.

"We all know what a bump stock did on One October. It aided a very evil man in his killing of 58 innocent people not to mention the wounding of hundreds of people," District Attorney Steve Wolfson said.

1 October survivor Li'Shey Johnson says she's been waiting for this day.

"How many more lives need to be taken away? How many more? When does it matter? When do our voices matter? When do our children matter?" Johnson said.

After 1 October, President Donald Trump called on the Justice Department to outlaw the devices.

The DOJ found that bump stocks are more than just gun accessories, and they're officially banned.

Anyone who has bump-stock type devices has to turn them in or destroy them by March 21.

"The bottom line is I think that some people turn in their bump stocks if they're going to follow the law. It will also prevent other people I believe from purchasing or assembling a bump stock. So I think it will save lives," Wolfson said.