June 14, 2024 Press Releases

Supreme Court Strikes Down ATF Rule Prohibiting Bump Stocks

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility Urges States to Take Swift Action to Ban Deadly Firearm Modifications

SEATTLE, WA –  The Alliance For Gun Responsibility expresses deep disappointment following today’s United States Supreme Court decision in Garland v. Cargill, which upheld the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that prohibited the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from banning the production, sale, and possession of bump stocks, devices that are designed and intended to convert semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic machine guns. 

This decision allows bump stocks to once again be purchased and possessed by civilians in states that do not have state-level bump stock bans. In response to this decision, Alliance for Gun Responsibility CEO, Renée Hopkins issued the following statement:

“While Washington State’s bump stock ban is not impacted by the Supreme Court’s ruling today, it is a severe setback for gun safety in America. The decision further demonstrates that the majority of Supreme Court Justices are siding with the gun industry and its profit margins over the lives of Americans. The Court has blatantly disregarded the potential for increased gun violence. This decision undermines the efforts to keep our communities safe and will inevitably lead to more tragedies. 

The use of bump stocks in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting resulted in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, with 60 people killed and more than 400 injured in 11 minutes. Reintroducing these devices into the market ignores the lessons learned from that horrific event and many more. We urge Congress to act immediately to pass commonsense legislation already supported by 80% of Americans.”

For further information or to arrange an interview with an Alliance for Gun Responsibility representative, please contact [email protected] or call (206) 909-7641.