In our last newsletter, you heard from Independent Program Attorney Edwin Walker on what was legal and not legal to add to your gun under federal. This newsletter Independent Program Attorney James Phillips is here to tell you what attachments are legal and not legal to add to your firearm under state law.
Hi, I’m James Philips one of Florida’s Independent Program Attorneys for U.S. LawShield. I am often asked by our members what modifications or accessories they can legally add to their firearms.
Recently, the question about whether or not one can add a laser-guided grenade launcher to their rifle came up. The ATF says you can have one so long as it’s been designed or redesigned for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line throwing, safety, or similar device. So the launcher itself is okay, however, there is a problem when you add the grenade to the equation.
A grenade is considered a destructive device under both florida and Federal law and therefore is an ATF regulated NFA item. So you need to be careful in selecting what to launch out of your launcher.
Another accessory that has gotten a lot of recent attention, especially in Florida, is the bump fire stock. Governor Scott recently signed Florida Bill SB 7026 making it a third degree felony, punishable up to five years in prison to import, transfer, distribute, sale, keep for sale, possess, or give to another person a bump fire stock. Under Florida law, a bump fire stock is defined as any conversion kit, tool, accessory, or device that alters the rate of fire to mimic an automatic weapon fire or increase the rate of fire more than a semi-automatic firearm would fire unassisted by a kit, tool, accessory, or a device.
This law will not go into effect until October the 1st 2018