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Federal court strikes down Trump-era bump stock ban

Chris Pandolfo - Fox News | Published on 1/13/2023
A federal appeals court on Friday struck down the Trump-era ban on bump stocks, a firearm accessory that enables a semi-automatic gun to shoot at an increased rate of fire.

In a 13-3 decision, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans held that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), acting under "tremendous" public pressure, short-circuited the legislative process by approving a rule to define bump stocks as "machine guns," which are heavily restricted. The court said ATF did not have the authority from Congress to do so.