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Residents urged to turn in banned bump stocks

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Local and federal law enforcement officials are pulling the trigger on a campaign aimed at spreading awareness about a gun device that's been recently banned by the Department of Justice.

"The main focus in this partnership is really to get the message out to those who may possess bump stocks," Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Resident Agent for Guam Jeff Gaines said.

A joint press conference with the ATF and Guam Police Department was held Thursday morning at the Chief of Police's office in Tiyan targeting the owners of bump stocks. These are devices that can be attached to a firearm that would essentially turn it into a fully automatic weapon or a machine gun. On March 26 of this year, the federal ban took effect.


"To be in a possession of a bump stock which has now been classified as a machine gun and or a machine gun part that is a 10-year penalty up to ten years or up to $250,000 fine," Gaines said.

ATF and GPD are providing a window for bump stock owners to surrender their devices.

"We're going to be using the precincts to be a point where people can come in and be provided that opportunity to turn these bump stocks over," Acting Chief of Police Steve Ignacio said. "We don't know how many exist on Guam because they're not required to be registered when you purchase them and possess them."


Residents who own bump stocks can turn them in at the following precincts and dates:

Monday, April 22nd
Dededo Precinct
4 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24th
Hagatna Precinct
4 to 7 p.m.

Monday, April 29th
Agat Precinct
4 to 7 p.m.

The federal ban was first introduced in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017 when a gunman attached bump stocks to multiple firearms and shot into a crowd of people at a concert. Fifty-eight people died and hundreds were injured.


"Thankfully on the island, we haven't seen anything related to bump stocks but I think we all know we've seen the devastating effects of how the bump stock was used in a prior shooting," Ignacio said.

For more information call the ATF field office in Guam at 472-7129.

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