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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Trump-Era ‘Bump Stock’ Rule

The White House sought to ban the firearm devices when Congress failed to pass a bill to do that in the wake of mass shootings. (Click image for article.)

Photo: Back in 2017, from left, Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., hold a Vegas Strong sign during a news conference to call for a hearing and examine the use and legality of “bump stocks.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday over whether the federal government can ban devices known as “bump stocks” that allow semi-automatic rifles to act more like a machine gun.

The case doesn’t directly involve Second Amendment rights to possess firearms. Instead, it hinges on whether bump stocks meet the definition of machine guns, which are banned under a statute Congress last addressed in the 1980s.

Several bipartisan groups of lawmakers had tried to ban the devices in 2017, after authorities said a shooter had several of them on guns when he killed more than 50 people at a Las Vegas music festival. But those bills faced opposition from gun rights groups and neither chamber voted on them.

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