Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas are Selling Bump Stocks Again

After the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to overturn the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ban on bump stocks, the Department of Justice was given until March 27, 2023 to challenge the ruling in front of the Supreme Court. However, due to the DOJ not taking any action, the Fifth Circuit’s order became effective, thereby allowing Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas to sell bump stocks again. 

Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge noted that Michael Cargill, the owner of Central Texas Gun Works, filed a lawsuit to challenge the Trump-era ban with New Civil Liberties Alliance, a litigation organization that aims to protect constitutional freedoms, which includes the right to bear arms. Cargill is a respected figure in the Second Amendment community in Austin who is known for being a principled champion of gun rights and veteran firearms trainer. 

Initially, the plaintiffs lost in federal court in Austin and in front of a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit. That said, the plaintiffs were able to pick up a win in the full 5th Circuit. The DOJ had until March 27 to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court but allowed the deadline to expire. 

Cargill announced that his store has plans of selling bump stocks soon. He noted that the retail price of these accessories will hover around $249, which is 15% higher than the pre-prohibition prices, owing to the higher commodity, labor, and transportation costs. 

The ATF can still implement the bump stock ban outside of the jurisdictions of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. 

Court victories such as these should be welcome by gun rights activists. Indeed, litigation can be hit and miss. However, we have to use every tool at our disposal to beat back Gun Control Inc’s encroachments. Accessory bans are a gradualist measure used by gun controllers to justify future gun grabs and come closer to achieving their ultimate goal of civilian disarmament.   

This requires that Second Amendment champions use all means — legislative, judicial, etc. — to halt these gun grabs. 

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