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2A Victory: Supreme Court Rules Bump Stock Ban Is Illegal

In a victory for Second Amendment rights, the Supreme Court made the groundbreaking decision to reverse the bump stock ban.

The recent 6-3 Supreme Court decision marks a tremendous victory for Second Amendment advocates by affirmatively stating that bump stocks do not transform a semiautomatic firearm into a machine gun. This clear ruling not only enhances the legal clarity around gun regulations but also staunchly protects the sanctity of firearm ownership against an ever-encroaching tide of gun control efforts.

Justice Clarence Thomas, authoring the majority opinion, eloquently clarified: “Semiautomatic firearms, which require shooters to reengage the trigger for every shot, are not machine guns.” This critical distinction dismantles the flawed logic that a mere accessory like a bump stock could convert a semiautomatic into a so-called “machine gun” as erroneously classified under federal law. It’s a sensible ruling that respects the mechanics of firearms rather than succumbing to reactionary political pressures.

This ruling notably overturns a decade of misinterpretation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), which had previously misclassified bump stocks as machine guns under changing political climates. Justice Samuel Alito, in his concurring opinion, sharply noted, “The horrible shooting spree in Las Vegas in 2017 did not change the statutory text or its meaning,” underscoring that emotional reactions should not dictate legal interpretations.

The decision serves as a bulwark against federal overreach, particularly highlighting the role of agencies like the ATF, which have shown a propensity to flexibly interpret laws to align with political winds rather than adhering to legislative text. It reasserts that Congress, not federal agencies, holds the power to write and revise laws.

The dissenting opinion, led by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, lamented potential “deadly consequences,” viewing the decision as a setback to efforts aimed at preventing gun violence. Yet, this critique misses the core function of the judiciary—to interpret laws as written, not as some believe they should be to fit contemporary issues.

This decision profoundly emphasizes the necessity of upholding constitutional rights and ensuring that federal agencies do not overstep their boundaries. It sends a strong message that the rights enshrined in our Constitution are not at the mercy of transient administrative interpretations.

This is not merely a win for gun rights; it is a reaffirmation of our nation’s commitment to the rule of law and the principles of constitutional governance. Gun owners and all citizens who value the integrity of our legal system should view this ruling as a critical safeguard against arbitrary interpretations of law that could erode our foundational rights.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.