Supreme Court to hear arguments in federal bump stock gun case

(The Center Square) – The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a federal ban on bump stocks later in February, the latest opportunity for the high court to rule on gun violence and 2nd Amendment rights.

The case in question, Garland v. Cargill, came after the Trump administration banned bump stocks, attachments added to semiautomatic weapons to make them fire more quickly, classifying them as “machine guns,” which are banned by federal law.

Gun-rights groups filed suit in 2018, and after a lengthy legal battle, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the case late next month.

Trump banned the bump stocks in 2018 via a rule from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which is under the Department of Justice umbrella. Trump’s ban came largely as a response to a Las Vegas 2017 mass shooting where nearly 60 were killed by a shooter using a bump
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