By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
The Washington State Legislature recently authorized funds to reimburse bump stock owners $150 for each one turned in, but the offer ends on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, when the federal law that bans them takes effect.
The Washington State Legislature authorized a total of $150,000 for this program and once these funds are expended, no more checks will be issued.
Bump stocks can be fitted to a semi-automatic firearm so that they can be fired more rapidly.
On March 26th, the federal government regulations that define bump stock equipped devices as machine guns will go into effect.
Machine guns are illegal in Washington State, so after this date, bump stock owners must either destroy them, or turn them into a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) office.
Washington State residents can take up to five bump stocks to Washington State Patrol offices on March 18th, March 24th, or March 25th to exchange their devices for a $150 voucher. A Washington State drivers license or other identification card is required.
Another option is for residents to take the devices to an ATF or other law enforcement office to receive a written receipt. This receipt can then be taken into a Washington State Patrol office to receive a $150 voucher.
According to a Washington State Patrol news release, “Once their voucher is processed, the Washington State Patrol will mail individuals a check for $150 for each bump stock they turn in… There is a limit of five bump stocks per individual, and all vouchers will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.”
Since the check will be mailed, program participants must provide a valid mailing address.
The Washington State Patrol District 7 office is located in Marysville at 2700 116th Street NE and will be open to receive bump stocks from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on March 18th, March 24th, or March 25th.