Trump’s Bump Stock Ban Just Lost Big in Federal Court
After the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump vowed to use executive power to ban bump stocks, a type of firearm accessory that the shooter reportedly used. The Department of Justice carried out Trump’s wishes in 2018 by issuing a new Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives rule “to clarify that [bump stocks] are ‘machineguns’ as defined by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968” because “such devices allow a shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger.” Put differently, the federal government began to reinterpret the federal ban on machine guns to ban bump stocks too.
That unilateral executive action was promptly challenged in federal court. As part of its defense, the federal government invoked Chevron deference, a controversial legal doctrine which says that when the judiciary is confronted with an “ambiguous” statute, the default position is for the presiding judge to defer to the “reasonable” statutory interpretation favored by the federal agency charged with enforcing that statute.
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