Supreme Court won't block ban on gun bump stocks

3/28/2019 1:26 PM   

A newly enforced federal ban on firearm bump stocks will stay in place for the time being, after the Supreme Court again rejected efforts by gun-rights groups to delay its implementation.

The devices allow semi-automatic weapons to fire with greater rapidity, like machine guns.

An order issued Thursday was the second one from the high court. Chief Justice John Roberts turned aside a similar request earlier this week as litigation over the government's new policy continues in federal court.

President Trump signed an order on Feb. 20, 2018, directing the Justice Department to ban "bump stocks" and other gun modifiers that make semi-automatic firearms fire faster. The Trump administration's ban went into effect Tuesday, and follows calls for action after the 2017 massacre in Las Vegas, where 58 people were killed by a gunman who modified his weapons with bump stocks.

The case -- Gun Owners of America, Inc. v. Barr -- puts the Trump administration in an unusual position of arguing against gun-rights groups.

"We must move past clichés and tired debates and focus on evidence-based solutions and security measures that actually work," Trump previously said during a ceremony to honor the 17 victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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