That’s how many gun owners accepted an invitation from the Denver Police Department to surrender bump stocks, Denverite reported. The device increases the rate of fire for semi-automatic weapons to nearly that of fully-automatic firearms.
Bump stocks were used in the Las Vegas massacre in October that left 58 dead and injured hundreds.
The Denver City Council voted to ban bump stocks in late January, a move the Associated Press called “largely symbolic.” Previously, Denver banned the types of semi-automatic rifles that can be modified with bump stocks. The city council also voted that, “in most cases,” it is illegal for residents to own magazines “that hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition.”
What did the notice say?
Still, the police department sent a politely-worded “suggestion” to gun owners in February.
“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 notice reportedly read.
Denver is one of the first U.S. cities to introduce a bump stock ban.
What else is under consideration?
Meanwhile, the Justice Department is reportedly working on a regulation to ban the hardware under the “machine gun” provision of the National Firearms Act.
The move would reverse a 2010 decision by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that found bump stocks are not machine guns and cannot be regulated unless Congress amends the existing firearms law or passes a new one, the Associated Press reported.
The gun control debate took center stage once again following the February school massacre that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Last week, students from Parkland organized nationwide school walk-outs to demand Congress impose stricter gun laws. Many have called for banning assault-style weapons and accessories like bump stocks. More demonstrations are being planned.