NEWS ALERT: Appeals court rules on lawsuit challenging federal bump stock ban

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A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a Trump-era rule that banned certain types of “bump stocks,” which can be added to semi-automatic weapons to increase their firing rate.

The 2018 rule from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was instituted in the wake of the October 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The gunman used weapons equipped with bump stocks to kill 58 people and injure at least 850 more. It remains the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The rule has survived several other challenges in court and was initially upheld by a three-judge panel at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. However, the full court voted to rehear the case and overturned the panel’s decision.

Associated Press editor Mike Balsamo tweeted, “US appeals court rules against Trump-era ban on rapid-fire ‘bump stock’ devices; ban followed Las Vegas massacre.”

Legal scholar Jonathan Turley commented on the ruling in a series of Twitter posts, as follows:

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