Supreme Court Refuses to Block Bump Stock Ban Over Thomas and Gorsuch’s Dissent

Supreme Court Refuses to Block Bump Stock Ban Over Thomas and Gorsuch’s Dissent

Gun Rights

A bump stock is installed on a weapon in Orem, Utah. The device is now illegal throughout the United States. On Friday, the Supreme Court refused to block the Trump administration’s ban on bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire in rapid succession like a machine gun. Only Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch publicly dissented from the court’s decision, which means that bump stocks are now officially illegal in the entire United States. The perpetrator of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting —the worst in American history, in which 58 people were killed and 400 injured by gunfire—employed a bump stock. He used 13 rifles outfitted with bump stocks to fire 1,049 rounds in just 10 minutes. In November 2018, the Trump administration announced that it would issue a new regulation interpreting a federal machine gun ban to encompass bump stocks. The rule required owners of these devices to surrender or destroy them. No bump stocks would be grandfathered in, and anyone who continued to own the device after March 26, 2019, would be committing a federal felony. Gun rights groups quickly filed suit , alleging, among other things , that the federal statute prohibiting machine guns could not be plausibly read to cover bump stocks, as well. A federal district court ruled against the plaintiffs in February, and on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed that decision by a 2–1 vote. The majority held that the federal “machine gun” ban […]

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