February 26, 2019
A federal judge gave the Trump administration the green light to ban so-called “bump stocks,” devices which modify semi-automatic guns to fire bullets more rapidly.
U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich said in a ruling Monday evening that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has the authority to ban the devices, dismissing a challenge to the rule that is set to take effect on March 26.
The case is one of a handful of federal lawsuits filed challenging the rule unveiled by the Justice Department in December.
Friedrich rejected the argument made by Firearms Policy Coalition and other co-defendants that the rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act, which governs how federal agencies propose and establish regulations, and former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker “lacked authority to promulgate the rule.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6:40 am