Appeals Court Strikes Down Trump Administration’s Bump Stock Ban

OREM, UT - FEBRUARY 21: Vince Warner fires an AK-47 with a bump stock installed at Good Guys Gun and Range on February 21, 2018 in Orem, Utah. The bump stock is a device when installed allows a semi-automatic to fire at a rapid rate much like a fully automatic gun. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled 13-3 Friday to strike down the regulatory gun control that banned bump stocks under former President Donald Trump.
  • The court intimated that actions on guns should be taken by Congress rather than the executive branch.
  • Circuit Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod wrote the majority opinion for the Fifth Circuit, noting that the framers of the bump stock ban did not provide “fair warning that possession of a non-mechanical bump stock is a crime.”

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