Bloomberg Law
Jan. 6, 2023, 11:21 PMUpdated: Jan. 6, 2023, 11:59 PM

Bump Stock Ban Rejected by Full 5th Circuit, Creating Split (1)

Martina Barash
Martina Barash

A government ban on firearms accessories known as bump stocks is invalid, the full Fifth Circuit said Friday in a ruling that conflicts with decisions of other federal appeals courts.

The Trump administration put the ban in place after the October 2017 Las Vegas concert massacre, in which a gunman used semi-automatic rifles with bump stocks to kill 58 people. Bump stocks harness a gun’s recoil energy to rapidly bump the shooter’s stationary finger against the trigger.

The US Supreme Court left the ban intact Oct. 3 when it declined to consider a pair of challenges by proponents of the ...