Schumer calls for bill banning bull stocks after Supreme Court ruling

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday condemned a 6-3 Supreme Court decision striking down the Trump-era ban on bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons -automatics fire like machine guns, and called on Congress to pass legislation. to counter the decision.

“The far-right Supreme Court continues its unprecedented attack on public safety by overturning common-sense guidance issued in 2018 by the ATF. Backup stocks have played a devastating role in many of our country's horrific mass shootings, but unfortunately, it's no surprise to see the Supreme Court roll back this necessary public safety rule as it pushes its agenda extreme and disconnected from reality. They are even further to the right of Donald Trump,” Schumer said in a statement responding to the decision.

“As I warned the Trump administration at the time, the only way to permanently close this gap is through legislation. Senate Democrats are ready to pass legislation banning wholesale stocks, but we will need votes from Senate Republicans,” he said.

The Trump administration banned bump stocks through executive action after the 2017 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, where a shooter used the device and killed nearly 60 people , making it the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.

A 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, however, ruled Friday that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) exceeded its authority in banning wholesale stocks.

Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority, held that the federal agency could not classify bump stocks as machine guns because they do not allow a rifle to fire multiple shots per “single function” of the trigger .

“Even if some aspect of the weapon's operation could be considered 'automatic,' that would not mean that the weapon 'fires…automatically more than one shot…by a single trigger function,'” Thomas wrote .

“Thus, even if a semi-automatic rifle could fire more than one shot with a single trigger function, it would not do so ‘automatically,’” he writes.

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