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After SCOTUS ruling, Gov. Hochul vows to keep enforcing Red Flag, bump stock ban laws in New York

June 14, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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WASHINGTON D.C. AND ALBANY — THE U.S. SUPREME COURT’S RULING on Friday that reversed a Trump-era ban on bump stocks, a rapid-fire gun accessory, has drawn a rebuke from Governor Kathy Hochul of New York, a state with one of the strongest sets of gun control laws in the nation. The Supreme Court’s strike-down of the ban, which the Associated Press reported on Friday, was based on an argument from its conservative majority that the Trump administration failed to abide by federal law and precedent and that, in the opinion that Associate Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, asserting that a semiautomatic rifle with a bump stock is not an illegal machine gun because it doesn’t make the weapon fire more than one shot with one pull of the trigger.

The ban was instituted in the aftermath of a mass shooting with assault rifles at a Las Vegas country music festival in which dozens were killed and hundreds more injured. Remembering the victims of the Tops Supermarket mass shooting in Buffalo, Gov. Hochul said, “Today’s Supreme Court decision on bump stocks is a sad day for the families who have lost loved ones in mass shootings and for people across America. In New York, we’re doing everything we can to end the scourge of gun violence. We’ve expanded our Red Flag Laws and banned teens from purchasing AR-15 rifles, and will continue to enforce the 2020 law banning bump stocks in New York. Public safety is my top priority, and I’m committed to doing everything in my power to keep New Yorkers safe.”

Associate Justice Alito wrote for the majority that Congress has the power to legislate a redefinition of bump stops to equate them with machine guns. 

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