Senate Democrats to try to ban bump stocks after Supreme Court ruling

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Biden urges Congress to prohibition bump stocks

Biden urges Congress to prohibition bump stocks aft Supreme Court ruling 02:32

Washington — Senate Democrats connected Tuesday volition effort to walk authorities that would reconstruct a Trump-era prohibition connected bump stocks, an accessory that enables semi-automatic weapons to sprout astatine a precise accelerated pace, aft past week's Supreme Court decision striking down the ban. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday he'd bring up the authorities for a ballot nether unanimous consent, a process successful which a measurement passes truthful agelong arsenic nary lawmaker objects.

Schumer, a New York Democrat, called the bump banal prohibition "common sense" and urged Republicans to enactment it. 

"Republicans were supportive of banning bump stocks erstwhile the Trump medication took this step, truthful they should enactment it tomorrow," Schumer said Monday connected the Senate floor. 

The Supreme Court's blimpish justices recovered that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives overstepped its authorization successful prohibiting the devices, concluding that a semi-automatic firearm outfitted with a bump stock is not the aforesaid arsenic a instrumentality weapon due to the fact that the trigger inactive indispensable beryllium released and reengaged to occurrence each shot. Machine guns, which are banned nether national law, tin occurrence continuously by a azygous propulsion of the trigger. 

The ban, which went into effect successful 2019, came aft a gunman, who utilized semi-automatic rifles equipped with the accessories, killed 60 people astatine a Las Vegas euphony festival successful 1 of the deadliest wide shootings successful modern U.S. history. 

"A bump banal does not person a semiautomatic firearm into a instrumentality weapon immoderate much than a shooter with a lightning-fast trigger digit does," Justice Clarence Thomas wrote successful the bulk opinion. 

In a concurring opinion, Justice Samuel Alito said the Las Vegas massacre strengthened the lawsuit for changing the instrumentality to prohibition bump stocks. 

"There is simply a elemental remedy for the disparate attraction of bump stocks and instrumentality guns," helium wrote, saying that "Congress tin amend the law." 

President Biden called connected Congress to walk a prohibition successful aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision, saying helium would motion it into law. 

"Americans should not person to unrecorded successful fearfulness of this wide devastation," Mr. Biden said successful a connection Friday. 

Caitlin Yilek

Caitlin Yilek is simply a authorities newsman astatine, based successful Washington, D.C. She antecedently worked for the Washington Examiner and The Hill, and was a subordinate of the 2022 Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship with the National Press Foundation.

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