The U.S. Supreme Court rejected another appeal to the federal ban on “bump stocks,” which allow semi-automatic weapons to shoot like machine guns. The federal government enacted the ban under former President Donald Trump.
According to Reuters, the justices declined to consider an appeal filed by a group of gun dealers and individuals from Minnesota, Texas, and Kentucky after a lower court rejected their claim that the government had taken their private property without just compensation in violation of the Fifth Amendment’s “takings clause” of the U.S. Constitution.
After the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, the Trump administration took the unusual step of reclassifying bump stocks as machine guns, which are prohibited by American law. Lower courts decided to sustain the prohibition as a legitimate application of a federal law barring the possession of machine guns. In 2019, the Supreme Court allowed the ban to take effect.
However, gun rights continue to expand since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in June recognizing for the first time a right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense under the Constitution’s Second Amendment guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms. The 6-3 conservative majority of the court supported that decision, which invalidated the state of New York’s restrictions on carrying a concealed weapon outside the home.
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