(ConservativeHub.com) – On Friday, November 3, the Supreme Court agreed to assess whether a ban on bump stocks dating back to the Trump era is lawful. Both gun rights activists and the Biden administration have been pushing for the country’s highest court to examine the issue as the lower courts have reached different conclusions on it.
The case originates from Michael Cargill, a man from Texas who had a license to deal and owned guns. He had to surrender the two bump stocks he had owned to the government after the ban went into effect. He proceeded to file a lawsuit alleging the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives did not have the necessary legal authority for the implementation of the prohibition.
In June 2022, the Supreme Court gave citizens more gun rights. However, according to a report from NBC News, separate legal problems are arising from the controversy surrounding bump stocks. This is because bump stocks are considered to be accessories that can be used with semi-automatic rifles. The weapons involve the use of recoil energy from the trigger as a way for users to be enabled to fire many rounds continuously.
Following the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, when Stephen Paddock killed 60 people using bump stocks to launch an attack during a music festival, the Trump administration imposed a ban on bump stocks. This is one of the few occasions when a GOP administration has imposed gun control measures, according to NBC News.
In 2019, the Supreme Court refused to block the policy allowing it to go into effect.
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