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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Utah case involving bump stocks

Oct 3, 2022, 6:30 PM
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Washington. The court refused to hear a Utah case involving bump stocks. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Supreme Court will not take up a case from Utah involving bump stocks. And whether they qualify as machine guns.

So, for now, bump stocks are still illegal. Bump stocks allow for semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly. The case goes by 2019 when the ATF first banned bump stocks. The ban came as a result of a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas in 2017.

Clark Aposhian, chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council, says the ban is a government overreach.

“For the agency to say that this piece of plastic with no moving parts is a machine gun, I think is a huge overreach,” he said. “And if they are able to do that, there’s not many other things they couldn’t also interpret in a fast and loose way.”

While Aposhian is disappointed that the case won’t be heard, he says the issue isn’t going away. He says this wasn’t the right case to make the argument.

The U.S. Supreme Court did not offer an explanation as to why it wasn’t taking up the case. 

Mark Jones contributed to this article.

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