U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts turned away an emergency bid to block the BATF ban on so-called “bump stocks”. Obama-appointed Justice Sonia Satomayor has a second similar request. Nobody in America expects Satomayor to rule any differently in her case.
Reuters has the story:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday rejected a bid by gun rights activists to put on hold a ban by President Donald Trump’s administration on “bump stock” gun attachments that enable semi-automatic weapons to be fired rapidly.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor has not yet acted on another similar request. The ban goes into effect on Tuesday but lower courts have yet to rule on an appeals brought by gun rights activists in Michigan and the U.S. capital.
Trump pledged to ban the devices soon after a gunman used them to shoot and kill 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas in October 2017. The Justice Department on Dec. 18 announced plans to implement the policy.
A Washington-based federal district court judge in February upheld the ban, prompting gun rights advocates to appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. That court heard oral arguments on Friday but has not yet ruled. The appeals court, however, say that the ban cannot go into effect in relation to the specific individuals and groups challenging it.
NOTE: Important to remember that @gunpolicyfdn still has pending request for preliminary injunction at D.C. Circuit, thus still MANY ways these cases can continue to move forward and seek relief for the People. Stand strong. https://t.co/JDujRcDfnX #bumpstockban #AppellateTwitter pic.twitter.com/rj1xg2RFD0
— Firearms Policy Coalition (@gunpolicy) March 26, 2019
Just to be clear, Roberts’ refusal does not affect the lower court stays that had been granted for the plaintiffs in the Tenth and DC Circuit suits, including members of the Firearms Policy Foundation.
We have a number of stories about the Bump Stock ban in recent days.