Rokita takes aim at Trump ban on firearm bump stocks

Rokita takes aim at Trump ban on firearm bump stocks

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita speaks after being sworn in Jan. 11 during an inaugural ceremony at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. Republican Attorney General Todd Rokita is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a 2018 federal regulation barring the possession of a firearm accessory that was used to perpetrate the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Stephen Paddock, 64, killed 60 people and injured 867 on Oct. 1, 2017, when he fired more than 1,000 bullets in about 10 minutes from his 32nd-floor Las Vegas hotel room into the crowd attending the outdoor Route 91 Harvest country music festival. Paddock, who subsequently killed himself, was able to fire so many shots by outfitting some of his 14 AR-15 rifles with bump stocks, a device that uses the recoil of a semi-automatic firearm to, in effect, enable the weapon to fire continuously, similar to an automatic rifle or machine gun — which generally are prohibited by U.S. law. Following the massacre, the administration of Republican former President Donald Trump on Dec. 18, 2018, issued a federal regulation banning bump stocks and requiring any person in possession of a bump stock to destroy it, or otherwise render it inoperable, by March 26, 2019. The regulation was immediately challenged at the federal court in western Michigan by the Gun Owners of America organization. It initially lost its bid for a preliminary injunction. But the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in March halted the regulation by concluding bump […]

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