Joe Biden Calls on Supreme Court to Bring Back Bump Stock Ban

On April 7, 2023, the Biden regime called on the United States Supreme Court to hear an appeal in a lower court ruling that stopped a federal prohibition on “bump stocks.” In addition, the Justice Department called on the high court to reinstitute a ban on the devices until it takes on the case. 

Bump stocks were prohibited in 2019 when the Department of Justice (DOJ) modified regulations that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) imposed. In this case, it classified bump stocks as the equivalent to machine guns and made them illegal.

In response to the bump stock ban, Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works in Austin, filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department. He was victorious when the First Circuit recently ruled to overturn the ATF ban on bump stocks. 

On April 7, the DOJ petitioned the US Supreme Court to hear the appeal of the Fifth Circuit’s move to scrap the ban. 

“Their appeal—what they call a writ of certiorari—to the Supreme Court, asking the Supreme Court to hear this case, also asks that the lower court in Austin actually do a stay, meaning that keep bump stocks banned until this case is heard in front of the U.S. Supreme Court,” Cargill said in a social media post as a response to the DOJ’s latest action.

According to Tom Ozimek of The Epoch Times, a petition for a writ of certiorari was filed with the Supreme Court by Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar on the DOJ’s behalf.

The determination of gun policy by the likes of the ATF and other non-elected institutions shows how much of a threat the permanent government bureaucracy is to traditional American freedoms. In the long-term the Second Amendment movement must work to reduce the power of the administrative state, if not dismantle it altogether. The continued existence of this unholy government apparatus will result in the absolute destruction of our freedoms.

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