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Supreme Court Reviews President Trump’s Bump Stock Ban – Is It Constitutional?

The Supreme Court has agreed to review the bump stock ban that was put in place by President Trump.

The ban was initially put into place following the Las Vegas shooting, which saw 58 people killed by Stephen Paddock.

President Trump’s ban on firearm accessories was very unexpected as many in the GOP are completely against any gun reform.

Now, it’s up to the Supreme Court to decide if the ban goes against the constitution.

CNN shares more on the story:

The decision to hear the case comes as the country is still reeling from the latest mass shooting and just days before the justices are poised to revisit a landmark Second Amendment opinion from 2022 that expanded gun rights nationwide.

Under then-President Donald Trump, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives banned bump stock devices in 2019 and ordered people who possessed the devices to destroy them or turn them into an ATF office. Trump had ordered a review of the devices after a mass shooting in 2017 in Las Vegas, in which a shooter armed with semiautomatic weapons and bump stock devices opened fire from his hotel suite onto outdoor concertgoers, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds of others.

The challenge goes to whether ATF exceeded its authority in 2018 by reclassifying bump stocks as “machine guns” under the National Firearms Act. Under federal law a “machine gun” is interpreted as “any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.”

The bump stock ban is perhaps one of the few federal acts brought forth by President Trump that MAGA supporters might take issue with.

NBC News shares more on the story:

“Guns equipped with bump stocks can cause massive devastation. These are devices that fire like machine guns and kill like machine guns, so it’s a no-brainer that they should be regulated like machine guns,” said Nick Suplina, senior vice president for law and policy at Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group.

The policy went into effect in 2019 after the Supreme Court declined to block it. Since then, the already conservative court has tilted further to the right, with conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, a Trump appointee, replacing liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in 2020.

The court, with its new 6-3 conservative majority, ruled for the first time in the June 2022 gun rights decision that the right to bear arms under the Constitution’s Second Amendment protects an individual right to carry a handgun outside the home. The ruling was the most significant expansion of gun rights since the Supreme Court held in 2008 that there was an individual right to bear arms in self-defense at home.

I’m curious to know whether or not they will go ahead and undo the ban.

Even though conservatives hold the majority on the Supreme Court, they might choose to uphold it.

I think that they might not want to go against something that President Trump put into action.

However, many Republicans would happily support the ban being removed.

Let me know what you guys think.


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