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Supreme Court Overturns Trump Admin Bump Stock Ban

Bump Stock (JerryRigEverything)
Bump Stock (JerryRigEverything)

The Supreme Court of the United States has struck down a Trump-era ban on bump stocks, the controversial gun accessories that enable rapid fire similar to that of machine guns.

This decision has reignited the ongoing debate around gun control and the balance between individual rights and public safety.

The implications of this ruling extend far beyond the specific case, touching on the broader issues of legislative authority, executive power, and the interpretation of federal laws.

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Bump stocks first gained notoriety after the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, where the perpetrator used these accessories to increase the firing rate of his semi-automatic weapons, resulting in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

This tragedy prompted the Trump administration to reverse course and ban the sale and possession of bump stocks, a decision that was subsequently challenged in court by a Texas gun shop owner.

The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision found that the Trump administration did not follow federal law when it classified bump stocks as illegal machine guns and imposed the ban.

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“This is a significant victory for gun owners because it reminds the ATF it simply cannot rewrite federal law,” said Second Amendment Foundation founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “The agency has just been reminded that it can only enforce the law, not usurp the authority of Congress.”

The court’s conservative majority raised questions about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) changing its mind on the legality of these accessories, as well as the lack of Congressional action to address the issue.

The Supreme Court’s ruling has far-reaching implications for gun control efforts, the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches, and the interpretation of federal laws.

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