Supreme Court Refuses to Touch Trump’s Bump Stock Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to reject gun rights advocates’ appeal to overturn President Donald Trump’s national ban on bump stocks.

On Monday, the ruling was announced on the bump stocks — attachments that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rounds of ammunition quicker.

Justice Neil Gorsuch stated that he agreed with the court’s decision. However, he did provide a statement expressing concerns and criticism about the lower court’s deference to a federal agency and the Trump administration.

The latest ruling comes less than one year after Trump’s temporary ban. The controversy surrounding bump stocks increased following the Las Vegas massacre of 2017.

In October of 2017, a gunman opened fire from a hotel room shooting into a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. A total of 58 people were killed and hundreds of others were injured in the massacre.

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Further investigation into the shooting revealed the gunman had attached bump stocks to assault-style rifles which enabled the person to fire more than 1,100 rounds in less than 11 minutes.

When the Trump administration revisited the laws in place under the Obama administration, bump stocks were still legal. At the time, Trump took to Twitter to criticize his predecessor for the devices remaining legalized.

“Obama Administration legalized bump stocks,” the president tweeted, “BAD IDEA. As I promised, today the Department of Justice will issue the rule banning BUMP STOCKS with a mandated comment period. We will BAN all devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns.”

Although the proposed ban was met with opposition from gun owners and Second Amendment rights advocates, Trump’s revised regulation ultimately prevailed. The new regulation ordered that owners either destroy or surrender all bump stocks.


  1. When I first read the headline I thought it said “Supreme Court refuses to touch Trump’s butt.” But could never be, could it now

  2. Well this is a tough one. It doesn’t follow the letter of the right in the constitution but understandable to some degree.
    Those who haven’t fired automatic and semiautomatic weapons will have a hard time understanding some of the differences and the effects because of those differences.
    Bottom line is that there is NO prohibition that will prevent ill and evil people from killing other people.
    I can fire 1100 rounds in 11 minutes if I properly prepare ahead of time- without a bump stock- as could most people.
    Good Men need to be a force to be reckoned with and ensure there is action and accountability. This is the reason that gun violence is not the problem some people make it out to be.
    Why no big stories on the shooting of 5 people in Milwaukee and 1 dead shooter from a self inflicted gunshot? Probably (I don’t know the particulars) the shooter had a six shot revolver and killed him self after his first 5 were gone.
    If he would have used an AR (short for Armalite) and killled 5 and himself you’re can be assured it would have been reported differently

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