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Friday, June 14, 2024

Banned after the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas that killed 60, bump stocks make a regular gun fire almost as fast as a machine gun. But now the US Supreme Court has struck down a federal ban on "bump stocks", the devices which can vamp up semiautomatic firearms to discharge ammunition almost as rapidly as machine guns and that have been behind some of the most devastating mass shootings in recent history. The ruling was 6-3, with the court's liberal justices dissenting from the conservative majority's decision.


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In her scathing dissent, liberal justice Sonia Sotomayor accused her conservative colleagues of ignoring bump stocks' ability to transform semiautomatic firearms into much more powerful and deadly weapons.

"When I see a bird that walks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck," Sotomayor wrote. "A bump-stock-equipped semiautomatic rifle fires automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger' ... Because I, like Congress, call that a machine gun, I respectfully dissent."

She expressed concern that the ruling would only contribute to more mass shootings, writing: "The majority's artificially narrow definition hamstrings the government's efforts to keep machine guns from gunmen like the Las Vegas shooter."


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The high court's conservative majority found that the Trump administration overstepped when it changed course from predecessors and banned bump stocks, which allow a rate of fire comparable to machine guns. The decision came after a gunman in Las Vegas attacked a country music festival with assault rifles equipped with the accessories.

The gunman fired more than 1,000 rounds into the crowd in 11 minutes, sending thousands of people fleeing in terror as hundreds were wounded and dozens were killed in 2017.

The 6-3 majority opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas found the Justice Department was wrong to declare that bump stocks transformed semiautomatic rifles into illegal machine guns because, he said, they don't "alter the basic mechanics of firing."

Oh, FFS.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2024-06-14 01:28 PM | Reply

Already posted.

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2024-06-14 01:39 PM | Reply

1000 rounds in 11 minutes is 6.6x slower than what an AR-15 can do without a bump stock.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2024-06-17 12:08 PM | Reply

Ok let's ban all ar and ar style weapons. I'm fine with that

#4 | Posted by truthhurts at 2024-06-17 12:20 PM | Reply

1000 rounds in 11 minutes is 6.6x slower than what an AR-15 can do without a bump stock.


That's what he did. That's not what it CAN do.

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2024-06-17 12:29 PM | Reply

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