Regulation

John Roberts rejects bid to put hold on Trump administration ban on ‘bump stock’ gun attachments: report

Chief Justice John Roberts rejected a bid Tuesday to put a hold on the Trump administration’s ban on “bump stock” gun attachments, Reuters reported

The ban on the device, which allows a semi-automatic weapon to fire much more rapidly, is set to go into effect Tuesday, but is being challenged in several lower courts.

{mosads}The device was believed to have been used in the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017 that left 59 people dead.

Gun rights activists asking for an injunction on the ban say it could lead toward banning of all civilian gun ownership.

A Washington-based federal district judge in February upheld the ban, prompting the appeal.

Gun rights groups also sought an injunction in the Western District of Michigan. A federal district judge last week ruled in favor of the administration, according to Reuters.

The appeals in the lower courts have not yet been ruled on, according to Reuters.

The action by Roberts only concerned the Washington case.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor has yet to act on a similar request based on the Michigan case. 

The rule clarifies the regulatory definition of “machinegun” to include bump stock devices, placing them under the restrictions imposed by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968.

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