Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is in the usual Republican posse trying to undo a federal rule banning bump stocks, an attachment that allows semi-automatic rifles to fire rapidly, like an automatic weapon. A gunman used one in Las Vegas in 2017 to fire a thousand rounds that killed 60 and wounded hundreds of others. The administration of Donald Trump, of all people, issued a rule to ban possession or sale of bump stocks. Rutledge omitted his involvement in her news release, with some emphasis supplied. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that, if left intact, inappropriately permits federal regulators to outlaw a popular firearm accessory and potentially imprison those who fail to comply with the new mandate. Arkansas joined a 20-state coalition arguing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives did not have regulatory authority to criminalize the possession of bump stocks – a longtime legal accessory for semiautomatic rifles designed for those with limited hand mobility. “ATF has overstepped its authority and as Arkansans’ last line of defense, I will do everything in my power to ensure our Second Amendment rights are protected,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I have never stopped fighting to defend our fundamental right to keep and bear arms.” The coalition estimates that potentially as many as 520,000 legally purchased bump stocks are in circulation. The new rule would require owners to either surrender or destroy their devices or otherwise face serious fines […]
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