Senate Democrats to try to ban bull stocks after Supreme Court ruling

Washington — Senate Democrats will attempt to pass legislation Tuesday that would restore a Banning wholesale stocks in the Trump eraan accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire at a very fast rate, following last week’s Supreme Court decision overturning the ban.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said On Sunday, he would bring the bill up for a unanimous consent vote, a procedure in which a measure passes as long as no lawmakers object. He confirmed in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday that Sen. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat, would seek to pass his bill banning bulk stocks later in the afternoon.

“Today’s bill returns things to the status quo established by Donald Trump, saying bulk stocks are dangerous and should be banned,” he said.

Schumer, a New York Democrat, called the wholesale stock ban “common sense” and urged Republicans to support it. He said Senate Republicans supported banning bump stocks when the Trump administration sought to ban the devices and criticized those who oppose them today.

“Are my Republican colleagues serious? Do they really think banning wholesale stocks is some sort of stunt?” he said. “Again, they should say that to Nevadans who have loved ones who have died because of the stockpile.”

A Republican, Senator. Susan Collins of Maine has signed on as a co-sponsor of the bump stock legislation.

Conservative Supreme Court justices ruled that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had exceeded its authority in banning the devices, concluding that a semiautomatic rifle equipped with a bump stock is not the same as a machine gun because the trigger must always be released and reengaged to fire with each shot. Machine guns, banned by federal law, can fire continuously with just a pull of the trigger.

The ban, which took effect in 2019, came after a gunman, who used semi-automatic rifles equipped with the accessories, killed 60 people at a music festival in Las Vegas, during one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history.

“A bump stock no more turns a semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun than a shooter with a high-speed trigger does,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the majority opinion.

In a concurring opinion, Justice Samuel Alito said the Las Vegas massacre strengthened the case for changing the law to ban wholesale stocks.

“There is a simple remedy for the disparate treatment of bump stocks and machine guns,” he wrote, asserting that “Congress can amend the law.”

President Biden called on Congress to pass a ban following the Supreme Court ruling, saying he would sign it.

“Americans should not have to live in fear of this massive devastation,” Mr. Biden said in a statement Friday.

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