Bump Stocks in Florida: What You Need to Know About the New Law

On March 12, 2018, the State of Florida passed a comprehensive new law containing 105 pages of additions and changes to Florida’s gun laws.  On page 26 of the new law lies a single paragraph that has thousands of Floridans worried that they are now felons. It is very important to note that many people calling us have missed a key sentence immediately prior this section.

This part of the new law, unlike the rest of the law, does not take effect immediately.

Florida’s bump stock ban goes into effect on October 1, 2018.

Beginning on October 1, 2018, the possession of a bump stock is a third-degree felony.  There is no provision in the law that grandfathers in those who already own a lawfully-purchased bump stock.  If you currently own a bump stock you must sell it, give it away, destroy it, or turn it in prior to October 1, 2018.

Under the new law, “bump stock” is defined as a conversion kit, tool, accessory, or a device used to alter the rate of fire of a firearm to mimic automatic weapon fire or which is used to increase the rate of fire to a faster rate than is possible for a person to fire such semiautomatic firearm unassisted by a kit, tool, accessory, or device.

Seemingly, this ban therefore also includes not only traditional bump-stock accessories, but any high-speed trigger or alteration that would make your firearm fire at a more rapid speed than the manufacturer originally designed it to fire at.

Clarification of what is included and is not included in the definition of bump stock may come at the expense of a few, arrested for modification of their firearms, in court cases, or in future legislation. For now, if you have any accessory or device that has increased the speed at which you can fire your firearm, you should consider this ban as applying to you.

It is very likely that most local Sheriff’s offices and police departments will establish procedures for those who would like to turn in their soon-to-be-illegal bump stocks.  If you are considering turning in your bump stock, it is best to call the Sheriff or police department near you and ask them if they have procedures in place that would allow you to turn over your would-be contraband prior to the effective date of the new law.

—David Katz, U.S. LawShield Independent Program Attorney for Florida

To view David’s breaking news video about the law click here.

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17 comments on “Bump Stocks in Florida: What You Need to Know About the New Law

  1. Would this include “Competition Triggers” that reduce the trigger weight and/or shorten the trigger reset? If so, how would we know what would be too low of a trigger weight and/or to short of a trigger reset? How would we be able to figure out what a legal trigger pack we could buy that would not be considered a “rate increasing device” to replace a questionable trigger pack without having to dispose of the entire rifle?

    • Honestly, your guess is as good as ours. The in relevant part, the current law defines bump stock as, “a conversion kit, a tool, an accessory, or a
      device used to alter the rate of fire of a firearm to mimic automatic weapon fire or which is used to increase the rate of fire to a faster rate than is possible for a person to fire such semiautomatic firearm unassisted by a kit, tool accessory or device.” A plain reading of this language leads to
      the conclusion that any device which makes a gun fire at a rate faster than it would without the device is considered a bump-stock. Until the
      legislature rewrites and clarifies this, a court interprets this language or the Attorney General provides some guidance, the actual legality of any
      particular device cannot be determined.

  2. IF THERE WAS A WAR OF ANYTIME IN THE U.S.A. ANY tyrant in office can through alone under in jail. The civil war of 1861 and all previous wars like for one independence was won by those under 21. The age, hours of training need to be overturned. Florida has lost the thousands of dollars I spend there and will spend in a firearm friendly!

  3. IF THERE WAS A WAR at ANYTIME IN THE U.S.A. ANY tyrant in office can through anyone under 21 in jail. The civil war of 1861 and all previous wars like for one for our independence was won by those under 21. The age, hours of training need to be overturned. Florida has lost the thousands of dollars I spend there and will be spend in a firearm friendly!

  4. So if you live in Florida and already have a NFA Trust, it can’t be added to it?

  5. So, those who lawfully invested/purchased this item will not be grandfathered in? Are there any exceptions? Like adding it into a gun trust? Or registering them somehow?

  6. Would disposal of such an item, say by means of burying the item, constitute no longer being in pocession? Asking for a friend

  7. are they going to outlaw belt loops and fingers? because thats all it takes to bump fire!

  8. This is a wonderful news and God bless Honorable Rick Scott!

    Next on the chopping block — your deadly vehicle!

    Just recently I had conversation with Mr. Scott and told him if bump stocks killed ZERO people in Florida and are banned, so should cars that kill over 40,000 in America every year! There is no reason why private citizens that are usually congested in very dense cities should own 25,000 pound killing machines that can go 180 miles per hour and murder whole stadium of people just standing waiting to be road-raged.

    I gave really detailed plan to Mr. Scott — just like today M16 can be lawfully owned by few well-trained and certified private companies that offer protection, same way there will be an App on your phone and toll-free phone line and anytime you want to drive somewhere, a certified driver will show up in 5 minutes and take you anywhere you want to. Such driver will be also blood-tested against alcohol so that we are 100% sure he/she is not under influence.

    If you think this is a brilliant idea then you should know we already have such network of school buses helping our youth get safely home every single day, right here in USA! Now with advance in modern technology, next we need to get a rid of private ownership of cars (owning a car is NOT a right, but only a privilege) and I am happy to know Mr. Scott like this idea and I hope within next 12 months such project will be introduced into the law. We should only allow to drive moppets with electronically limited speed to 35 miles per hour, the idea that private citizen can own a 200 miles per hour driving 25,000 pounds killing machine just blows my mind!

  9. I paid a lot of money for my bump stock and I discarded the original one
    Are they going to reimburse me and replace it
    5 th amendment anyone

  10. so my neighbor showed me this funny article and said, sell it give it away to WHO congress or ricky scott?

  11. how come their still selling them on web sites

  12. Can it be added to a gun trust

  13. Why can’t these be registered for FREE with the NFA as an AOW, since these were purchased legally within the laws of the entire United States including FLORIDA?

  14. They get this and I can guarantee high capacity magazines will be next, and that could be 8 rounds or higher.

  15. Is there any action to over turn this stripping of our rights? I wonder what the NRA is going to do? I guess Ricky will lose a lot of votes for his Senate run. I believe he is a convicted felon? That means he can not own or possess a fire arm. So why would he care about any restrictions of fire arms or our 2nd Amendment rights! He has lost six votes from my family!

  16. So if I can pull the trigger as fast as an automatic weapon like professional shooter Jerry Miculek does that mean my finger is illegal?

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