Supreme Court strikes down bump stock ban for firearms in major win for 2nd Amendment advocates

The ruling was 6-3.

Published: June 14, 2024 10:19am

Updated: June 14, 2024 10:51am

The Supreme Court on Friday struck down a federal rule put in place during former President Donald Trump's administration that prohibited bump stocks for guns, handing a major victory to Second Amendment advocates.

In a 6-3, ruling, the court ruled the devices added to semiautomatic weapons to make them fire faster does not convert weapons into prohibited machine guns.

"This case asks whether a bump stock—an accessory for a semi-automatic rifle that allows the shooter to rapidly reengage the trigger (and therefore achieve a high rate of fire)—converts the rifle into a 'machinegun.' We hold that it does not," Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the majority opinion. 

The ban on bump stocls was put in place after a mass shooting that occurred in 2017 in Las Vegas at a music festival.

The Supreme Court ruling invalidates the ban and finds that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms overstepped its authority by imposing it. 

The Biden administration argued the ATF made the right call with the ban.

The ban was challenged by a gun store owner in Texas who stated that the Justice Department incorrectly classified the accessories as illegal machine guns, according to The Associated Press

As of now, the Biden administration has not made any comment on the ruling. 

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