Washington state conducts bump stock buyback

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol has collected 1,000 bump stocks in a taxpayer-funded buyback program.

The Everett Herald reported Tuesday that owners who voluntarily submitted up to five bump stocks received $150 for each one during a four-day buyback.

Officials say they had to stop issuing payment vouchers at midday Monday because the state program’s $150,000 allotment had been expended.

Authorities say they continued to accept submissions of the gun modification device at eight district offices after the payment period and that all the devices will be destroyed.

The newspaper reports that a nationwide ban took effect Tuesday on the production, sale and possession of the attachments.

The device that effectively converts a semi-automatic weapon to full-automatic came to national attention following an October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas.