Supreme Court Overturns Bump Stock Ban, Biden Warns of Risk

President Biden criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the ban on bump stocks, saying it puts American lives at risk. The Court’s 6-3 decision, which followed party lines, found that the government exceeded its authority in prohibiting bump stocks, an accessory that can modify a semiautomatic rifle to fire similarly to a machine gun.

The ruling favored Michael Cargill, a gun store owner who challenged the ban. President Biden, a proponent of stricter gun control, stated that the decision struck down an important regulation for gun safety. He cited the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas in October 2017, where the shooter used a bump stock-modified weapon to fire over 1,000 rounds in 10 minutes, resulting in numerous casualties.

President Biden emphasized his efforts to combat gun violence, including nominating the first Senate-confirmed director of the ATF and ensuring the agency has adequate funding to address emerging firearm technologies. He called on Congress to pass legislation to ban bump stocks, implement an assault weapon ban, and take further action to prevent gun-related deaths.

The ban on bump stocks was put in place by the Trump administration in 2017 in response to the Las Vegas shooting. The majority opinion for the Supreme Court was written by Justice Clarence Thomas, who argued that a semiautomatic rifle with a bump stock still requires the trigger to be released and reset between shots.

President Biden pointed to the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act of 2022 as evidence of his commitment to reducing gun violence while emphasizing the need for additional measures. He urged Congress to send him a bill banning bump stocks and implementing an assault weapon ban, promising to sign it without delay.

Written by Staff Reports

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