The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed another challenge to a federal ban imposed by former President Donald Trump on devices called “bump stocks” that allow a semi-automatic weapon to fire like a machine gun.
Judges declined to consider an appeal from a group of gun dealers and individuals in Minnesota, Texas and Kentucky after a lower court rejected their argument that the government had violated the “ taking clause” of the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution by effectively taking their private property without just compensation.
The Trump administration has decided to reclassify stockpiles of moguls as machine guns, which is prohibited by US law, in a rare gun control measure prompted by a 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. In 2019, the Supreme Court refused to prevent the ban from taking effect. Last month, judges rejected appeals by a Utah gun lobbyist and gun rights groups against lower court rulings upholding the ban as a reasonable interpretation of a federal law prohibiting the possession of machine guns.
Shock stocks use a firearm’s recoil to strike its trigger, allowing a semi-automatic weapon to fire hundreds of rounds per minute to let it fire like a machine gun. Trump pledged to ban them after a gunman used semi-automatic weapons fitted with bump stocks in a shooting that killed 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), an agency of the US Department of Justice, reversed a previous finding and classified bump stocks as machine guns under a law. of 1934 called the National Firearms Act. The policy came into effect in 2019.
Two sets of plaintiffs have filed lawsuits seeking compensation for having to destroy or return their humpback stocks in the Federal Court of Claims, which hears monetary claims against the US government. A judge dismissed the actions, finding the policy a lawful exercise of the federal government’s power to prohibit dangers to public health and safety.
The Washington-based United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld those rulings last year for a different reason, ruling that a property interest in the devices was inherently limited given the ban. existing federal on machine guns.
In a nation divided over how to limit gun violence, gun rights are becoming increasingly expansive. Legal experts have said a variety of gun control measures are under threat since the landmark Supreme Court ruling in June recognizing for the first time the right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense under the Constitution’s Second Amendment guarantee of the right to keep and arm bears.
The ruling, by the court’s 6-3 conservative majority, overturned New York State’s limits on carrying concealed handguns outside the home. (Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Will Dunham)
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