City of Columbia Passes Ordinance Banning the Use of Bump Stocks

December 20, 2017, 10:49 am EST | Share:

COLUMBIA, SC (WTAT-TV) — Columbia has become the first city in the nation to ban the use of bump stocks. Those are devices that can be attached to a gun that magnifies the speed of a semi-automatic weapon.

The ordinance would now make using one a misdemeanor.

Offenders could face a $500 fine of 30 days in jail if they are caught using one.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin says the new ordinance does not prohibit sales. He also says enforcing the law could be a challenge.

“This won’t be easy to enforce but it’s still the right thing to do,” he said on Tuesday. “We’ve got to start moving in the right direction.”

“After every single tragedy, Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, Texas. Wherever you go, people always say a ‘good guy with a gun could have done something about this.’ The reality is you have a council full of good guys with guns.”

Mayor Benjamin calls this a commonsense approach to those who support the second amendment.

No word yet if enforcement will start immediately.

Meantime, we asked newly elected city council member, Harry Griffin, if such a thing could become law in Charleston. He said it is simply too early to tell.