New Law Bans Bump Stocks

On January 15, 2018, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill outlawing “bump stocks” and “trigger cranks.”

The bill (S3477) states:

‘“Bump stock” means any device or instrument for a firearm that increases the rate of fire achievable with the firearm by using energy from the recoil of the firearm to generate a reciprocating action that facilitates repeated activation of the trigger.

“Trigger crank” means any device or instrument to be attached to a firearm that repeatedly activates the trigger of the firearm through the use of a lever or other part that is turned in a circular motion; provided, however, the term shall not include any weapon initially designed and manufactured to fire through the use of a crank or lever.’

This new law makes it a crime of the third degree to knowingly possess a “bump stock” or “trigger crank.”  Manufacturing, transporting, shipping, selling, or disposing of a “bump stock” or “trigger crank” is also a crime of the third degree.

A third degree crime could carry a sentence of incarceration of up to 5 years.