OLYMPIA, Washington — Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law on Tuesday that prohibits ownership of bumpstocks. The device was used by the Las Vegas shooter to turn a semi-automatic rifle into an automatic. Inslee says one single law will not solve the problem of gun violence, but he says if getting bumpstocks off the streets prevents one killing, it’s worth it.
“We are able to sign this bill today because of the courage of people in our state and across the nation who are speaking up against a measures that would stop us from giving protection against gun violence in the United States and our state,” says Inslee.
The new law also sets up a fund, so that Washington State Patrol can run a buyback program to get bumpstocks off the streets. They’ll pay up to $150 for a bump stock over the next year.