U.S. Appeals Court Refuses to Stop the Bump Stock Ban. But Does it Matter?



On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit declined to stop Trump’s bump stock ban.

For those unaware, the device attaches to a firearm and uses the weapon’s kick to initiate the firing of another round.


Twice last week, the Supreme Court rejected a stay of the ban.

The Commander-in-Chief took a turn toward making the contraption illegal after the Mandalay Bay Massacre of 2017. According to the edict, U.S. citizens are required to either turn in or destroy their bump stocks.

People not likely to follow that law: those who are willing to break the law prohibiting mass murder.

Previously, the appeals court provided a temporary reprieve for members of the Firearms Policy Foundation as well as organizations legally protesting the ban. That exception will be extended for two days as plaintiffs again petition the Supreme Court.

And they will, according to attorney Erik Jaffe:

“We are reviewing the decision and will be seeking a stay from the Supreme Court, within the time contemplated by the D.C. Circuit.”

Reuters reports on the fight:

Those challenging the policy have argued that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) lacks the authority to equate bump stocks with machine guns. One of the laws at the center of the legal dispute was written more than 80 years ago, when Congress restricted access to machine guns during the heyday of American gangsters’ use of “tommy guns.”

The appeals court, in its 2-1 ruling, said in Monday’s decision that gun rights activists had failed to show that ATF acted unreasonably when it reinterpreted the language to include bump stocks. The judge who dissented in the ruling, Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson, said that “the plaintiffs are likely to succeed on the merits of their challenge and I would grant them preliminary injunctive relief.”


For some, legalization of a bump stock — which can cause a semi-automatic to fire hundreds of rounds per minute — is a frightening thing. Yet, as my childhood neighbor’s bumper sticker pointed out, If Guns Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Guns. Apply the same to bump stocks.

One way or another, nothing’s gonna prevent someone willing to do the most evil thing possible from committing what in comparison is an inconsiderable infraction.

It may sound and feel good to say “Bump stocks are banned,” but effectively, they’re not banned — not for those who want to murder innocents. The stock’s possession is merely supplemented with an up-to-10-year sentence that will only matter to gun owners who wants to live free. For a sociopath unconcerned with 10 life sentences, death row, or a SWAT team-provided ticket to the afterlife, it’s irrelevant.

What are your thoughts on bump stocks? Do you hope the ban is sustained? Please let us all know, in the Comments section below.



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