US Appeals Court Refuses to Block ‘Bump Stocks’ Gun Ban


FILE – Several types of weapons, including AR-15 style rifles, are displayed at a gun shop in Virginia. (Photo: Diaa Bekheet)

WASHINGTON — A U.S. appeals court on Monday refused to halt President Donald Trump’s ban on “bump stocks” – rapid-fire gun attachments used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history – in the latest courtroom defeat for firearms rights advocates opposing the policy.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a lower court ruling that denied a request by opponents of the policy for a preliminary injunction lifting the ban, which took effect last week. The U.S. Supreme Court twice last week, in cases from Michigan and Washington, D.C., rejected stay requests from gun rights advocates.

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