Former Bump Stock Owners Information to be Released by Washington State

Gun owners who participated in the “bump stock” buyback program conducted by the Washington State Patrol (WSP) last month will have their names and other personal information provided to two individuals on April 26, unless they “…enjoin disclosure of the records under RCW.42.56.540.” State officials contacted affected enthusiasts by mail on April 11, explaining, “The records in question do not appear to be categorically exempt from disclosure. Accordingly, WSP intends to release the records in response to these public records requests.”

As of March 26, so called “bump stocks” fall under the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (BATFE) “…definition of ‘machinegun’ in the Gun Control Act (GCA) and National Firearms Act (NFA)…” The wording was officially modified last month and now, “…includes bump-stock-type devices, i.e., devices that allow a semiautomatic firearm to shoot more than one shot with a single pull of the trigger by harnessing the recoil energy of the semiautomatic firearm to which it is affixed so that the trigger resets and continues firing without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter.” The BATFE website provides complete information.

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Washington state banned “bump stocks” in 2018, but funds underwriting the legislature-approved buyback were not authorized. They were earmarked this year, although K5 News reports that as of noon on March 25 all $150,000 in vouchers has been claimed.

The NBC affiliate explains residents could also turn them over at a BATFE office, request a receipt and use it to qualify for under the program. “Once the voucher is processed, the WSP will mail residents a check for $150 for each device turned in,” the station reported, indicating the address of each participant (at the minimum) will likely be provided on April 26.

The WSP has yet to respond to our request for an original and blank copy of the buyback form to ascertain volume of individual information available through the public information process. The agency, however, answered quickly and provided the letter it sent on April 11 to participants [seen here with contact information redacted by our team]. Another Washington State agency has been contacted for copies of the e-mails or letters asking for the participant forms.

Update: Last night we received a copy of each public information request, WSP form and copy of legal action filed April 22 seeking to block the release of the names and addresses of the participants. Read full details here.