SCOTUS approves BUMP Stocks, shoots down ATF “RULE” says Congress must amend

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The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) plays a crucial role in interpreting and applying the law. Let’s break down the recent developments:

  1. Bump Stocks:
    • In 2018, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) issued a rule that classified bump stocks as “machine guns.” This classification effectively banned their possession and sale.
    • Bump stocks are devices that allow semi-automatic firearms to mimic automatic fire by using the gun’s recoil to rapidly fire multiple rounds.
    • In 2020, the SCOTUS declined to hear a challenge to the ATF’s rule, effectively allowing the ban to stand.
    • However, in 2021, the SCOTUS ruled that the ATF’s classification of bump stocks as “machine guns” was invalid. As a result, the ban on bump stocks was lifted, and they are no longer considered illegal under federal law.
  2. Congressional Role:
    • The SCOTUS emphasized that it is Congress’s responsibility to address issues related to firearms regulation.
    • While the ATF can issue rules and regulations, these are not equivalent to laws passed by Congress.
    • Therefore, if there are concerns about bump stocks or any other firearm-related matters, Congress must take legislative action to address them.
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In summary, the SCOTUS clarified the legal status of bump stocks and underscored the importance of congressional action in shaping firearm regulations.


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