SCOTUS strikes down bump stock ban on rifles

by ian

The Supreme Court is again defending Second Amendment rights.

In a 6-3 ruling that was split along party lines, the court ruled against banning bump stocks on semi-automatic rifles. Bump stocks are used to boost the firing capability of a rifle by reducing recoil.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the ATF was wrong to ban these accessories after the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting. He said that bump stocks do not turn rifles into machine guns. This is because the device doesn’t change how the gun is fired.

While these accessories can significantly increase the rate of fire, they are still slower than fully automatic firearms.

Justice Samuel Alito added that the 2017 shooting did not change current legislation, it simply showed that a rifle with a bump stock can be just as deadly as a machine gun and that new legislation would be required to ban bump stocks.