Supreme Court rejects gun rights challenge to bump stocks ban

The Supreme Court declined to hear a case to a Trump-era ban on so-called bump stocks, which enable semi-automatic rifles to shoot more quickly, on Monday, thus rejecting a new attempt to increase gun rights.

Although the legal concerns in the bump stock cases were distinct, the court with a conservative majority made a significant judgement in June that increased gun rights.

For semi-automatic rifles like the well-known AR-15-style guns, bump stocks are add-ons. They allow the user to fire up to hundreds of rounds per minute by utilising the recoil energy of a trigger pull.

After the horrific massacre in Las Vegas in 2017, when Stephen Paddock utilised bump stocks to open fire on a country music festival and kill 58 people, Trump's administration enacted the ban.

After the Supreme Court declined to overturn it, the prohibition was administered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and took effect in 2019.

In June, the court's new 6-3 conservative majority concluded that the Second Amendment protects an individual's freedom to carry a pistol outside the home.

The verdict was the most important expansion of gun rights since the 2008 Supreme Court opinion on the right to bear guns for home defence.

The challengers contended the government lacked power to outlaw bump stocks under the 1934 National Firearms Act.

The court rejected two appeals brought by a Utah gun lobbyist who bought a bump stock before the ban took effect and Gun Owners of America and other gun rights groups.

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