Massachusetts Bump Stock Mess

It appears they are still illegal in Massachusetts.

On Friday, June 14, 2024 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its ruling in Garland v. Cargill. This particular case was a challenge to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms Explosives (BATFE) regulation banning bump stocks ...

SCOTUS Issues Decision on "Bump Stocks"

In a 6-3 decision, today the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on bump stocks. The opinion, written by justice Clarence Thomas, is the latest in a string of recent decisions that seek to limit the ability of federal agencies to act independently to establish new regulations. 

The ban was challenged by a Texas gun store owner, Michael Cargill, who purchased two of the devices in 2018, turned them over to the government after the prohibition was implemented and then promptly sued to get them back. The federal rule made possession of a bump stock a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The opinion reads as a warning to the ATF in particular, as well as to Congress, that such actions should be limited to congressional approval-not the whims of an unelected federal agency. Especially when the ATF had long found such devices did not violate the federal ban on machine guns-until they all of a sudden did. 

Even though this opinion is not directly a "2A case," it is not out of the realm of possibility that it could be the first domino to fall against some of the more egregious provisions of the National Firearms Act and will help reign in federal agencies who seek to curtail civil rights without the oversight of congress and the people.

CLICK HERE to read the opinion.

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