Firearms Policy Foundation, GOA Ask SCOTUS to Stop Bump Stock Ban Enforcement

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Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Elena Kagan (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

This is a follow-on to our earlier post regarding the Firearms Policy Foundation and the GOA. If you’ve been keeping score, three Circuit Courts have now ruled on requests for a delay in enforcement of the ATF’s reclassification of bump stocks as machine guns, which is due to start tomorrow.

Both the Tenth Circuit and DC Circuit issued stays. The Sixth Circuit denied a request for a stay. The Firearms Policy Foundation, which is a party to the DC Circuit action, and Gun Owners of America, which is involved in the Sixth Circuit suit, have filed emergency applications to the Supreme Court for a stay.

Here’s the AP’s report:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gun rights groups are asking the Supreme Court to stop the Trump administration from beginning to enforce its ban on bump stock devices, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns.

The groups asked the court Monday to get involved in the issue and keep the government from beginning to enforce the ban for now. The ban set to go into effect Tuesday has put the Trump administration in the unusual position of arguing against gun rights groups. It’s unclear how quickly the court will act.

President Donald Trump said last year that the government would move to ban bump stocks. The action followed a 2017 shooting in Las Vegas in which a gunman attached bump stocks to assault-style rifles he used to shoot concertgoers. Fifty-eight people were killed.

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