It’s been a month since Denver Police Department invited Denverites to turn in their bump stocks, an accessory like the one used in the Las Vegas mass shooting that increases the rate of fire of semi-automatic weapons, turning them into near-automatic weapons. Not one has been turned over.
Denver officially banned bump stocks in late January.
DPD’s message to gun owners in February was more of a suggestion than an order: “If Denver residents are in possession of a bump stock, and would like to turn-in their bump stock to the Denver Police Department, they can do so at any Denver Police Station.”
The ban was authored by Colorado House of Representatives hopeful Alan Kennedy-Shaffer and introduced by City Councilman Rafael Espinoza.
The Denver measure passed with just one “no” vote. That dissenting voice was from southwest Denver representative Kevin Flynn, whose issue was with a part of the measure that ended grandfathered allowance of high-capacity magazines and not with the bump stock ban.
Also this week, students from all over the city walked out of class to protest gun violence and urge Congress to pass broad-scale reforms of gun ownership policy. Many asked for assault-style weapons and accessories like bump stocks to be banned.