Last updated on: 3/27/2024 | Author: ProCon.org

Should “Bump Stocks” Be Banned?

“A bump stock is an attachment that replaces a semi-automatic rifle’s standard stock, the rear portion of the gun that rests on the shooter’s shoulder. It allows the rest of the gun to move back and forth while the stock stays in place, and includes a finger rest that keeps the trigger finger still. When the gun is fired and the shooter applies forward pressure on the barrel, the rifle recoils back into the stock and bounces forward again, “bumping” the trigger into the finger and firing another round. The device allows the shooter to fire far more rapidly than is possible with a standard stock,” according to journalist Melissa Quinn. Bump stocks have been banned in the United States since 2019. For more on gun control, explore the ProCon debate.

Source: Melissa Quinn, “The Supreme Court Is Weighing a Trump-Era Ban on Bump Stocks for Guns. Here’s What to Know.,” cbsnews.com, Feb. 28, 2024

PRO (yes)

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Joe Biden:

Editors’ Note: The Biden Administration appealed a ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that invalidated the Trump Administration’s ban on bump stocks. In a filing with the Supreme Court, which is hearing the appeal, the Biden Justice Department states, “Bump stocks allow a shooter to fire hundreds of bullets a minute by a single pull of the trigger. Like other machineguns, rifles modified with bump stocks are exceedingly dangerous; Congress prohibited the possession of such weapons for good reason.”

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Melissa Quinn, “Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case over Ban on Bump Stocks for Firearms,” cbsnews.com, Nov. 3, 2023

Pro

Donald Trump:

“After the deadly mass murder in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 1, 2017, I asked my Administration to fully review how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regulates bump fire stocks and similar devices…. Today, I am directing the Department of Justice to dedicate all available resources to…, as expeditiously as possible, to propose for notice and comment a rule banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machineguns.”

Editors’ Note: On Dec. 18, 2018, the Department of Justice clarified the definition of “machinegun” to include bump stocks, which outlawed them as of March 26, 2019. In 2019, a legal challenge was brought against the ban. The case made it’s way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2024, where it is awaiting a decision.

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Donald Trump, “Presidential Memorandum on the Application of the Definition of Machinegun to ‘Bump Fire’ Stocks and Other Similar Devices,” trumpwhitehouse.archives.gov, Feb. 20, 2018
Melissa Quinn, “The Supreme Court Is Weighing a Trump-Era Ban on Bump Stocks for Guns. Here’s What to Know.,” cbsnews.com, Feb. 28, 2024

CON (no)

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr:

No position as of Mar. 21, 2024.