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Lincoln City Council votes to ban bump stocks

Posted at 7:38 AM, Mar 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-28 08:18:07-04

The City of Lincoln voted unanimously Monday to ban owning bump stocks and similar devices within city limits. 

The new ordinance will go into effect, May 1, giving Lincoln residents a little over a month to get rid of the devices. 

The new crime will be considered a misdemeanor. The Lincoln City attorney says possessing a banned bump stock can lead to six months in jail or a fine of up to $500 dollars.

City Council members say the ordinance is a “symbolic gesture” to protect the citizens of Lincoln. 

Other members of the City Council say bumpstocks and similar devices are firearm accessories and are not protected under the Second Amendment. 

But management at Big Shots Range in Lincoln says city council is setting a risky precedent. 

City Council says there have been no known crimes committed with bumpstocks in Lincoln or Nebraska. 

People who own bump stocks can turn them in during Lincoln's Gun Amnesty Day or sell or destroy them outside city limits. 

Lincoln is one of the first areas to ban the multi-burst trigger activators. Others include the states of Massachusets and Washington and the cities of Denver and Columbia, South Carolina.