The Supreme Court on Monday turned down hearing a challenge to Maryland’s ban on bump stocks and other gun devices in a critical challenge of Second Amendment rights.
The October 2018 ban took place prior to a nationwide ban in 2019 against the sale and possession of bump stocks intended to make guns operate faster.
The Supreme Court is declining to take up a challenge to Maryland’s ban on bump stocks and other devices that make guns fire faster. https://t.co/cxOx9WRBXh
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According to The Associated Press, “A lower court had dismissed the challenge at an early stage and that decision had been upheld by an appeals court. As is typical, the court didn’t comment in declining to take the case.”
Why the Attack on Bump Stocks?
The actions against bump stocks were largely motivated following the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people and injured nearly 500.
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“Bump stocks and similar devices were widely available and largely unregulated before the Las Vegas shooting,” according to a 2020 report by The Associated Press.
Now a person in possession of a bump stock can be charged with a federal offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
A violation of Maryland’s ban is a misdemeanor. The crime in the state carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Many Gun Owners Are Not Happy
Not all gun owners are pleased with the court’s decision. In March, Gun Owners of American noted “the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit just ruled that Bump Stocks are NOT machine guns in Gun Owners of America v. Garland.”
A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit just ruled that Bump Stocks are NOT machine guns in Gun Owners of America v. Garland.
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The group celebrated the temporary victory. “Today’s court decision is great news and told gun owners what they already knew,” said GOA Senior Vice President Erich Pratt.
“We are glad the court applied the statute accurately, and struck down the ATF’s illegal overreach and infringement of gun owners’ rights.”