Supreme Court questions whether gun bump stock ban should be enacted by Congress

The Supreme Court grappled on Wednesday over the legality of a federal ban imposed under former President Donald Trump on bump stocks, which make semiautomatic rifles fire rapidly, with several justices questioning whether Congress is needed to enact such restrictions.

The high court’s oral arguments centered on an appeal by President Joe Biden‘s administration of a lower court’s ruling in favor of Michael Cargill, a gun shop owner and gun rights activist based in Austin, Texas, who challenged the ban that was put in place during the Trump administration after the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting that resulted in 60 deaths. The Las Vegas shooter had used a bump stock during the massacre.

A bump stock is displayed in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

At the core of the case is whether the Bureau of Alcohol,
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