OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation today to fund a short-term program that will allow the state to buy back bump stock devices that were outlawed by both the state and federal government in 2018.
Senate Bill 5954, sponsored by Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), makes $150,000 available to the Washington State Patrol (WSP) to compensate Washington residents who voluntarily turn in bump stock devices by March 26.
The program allows Washington residents the opportunity to turn in up to five bump stocks for a payment of $150 apiece before the federal law banning the possession of bump-fire stocks takes effect on March 26. Alternatively, people may receive $150 by providing WSP a receipt from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives or a Washington law enforcement agency, as proof that a bump stock was relinquished before March 26 . Those receipts must be obtained before March 26 and submitted to WSP before June 30.
In 2018, the Legislature passed a state law banning the manufacture and sale of bump stocks. The bill also created a buy-back program, but the 2018 supplemental budget did not include funding for the program.
“It’s important that people know they only have a short window to receive compensation for these devices before they become federally outlawed on March 26,” Rolfes said. “We want people to use this program, even if it is only available until the federal law takes effect.”