What to know about the bump stocks Supreme Court ruling

The US Supreme Court has thrown out of federal ban on a controversial gun accessory. The court voted six to three to allow the sale of bump stocks. Bump stocks helped give a rifle the firing capabilities of a machine gun. They were outlawed by the Trump administration following the Las Vegas mass shooting in 2017. Let's bring in CBS News legal contributor and Loyola law professor Jessica Levinson to discuss this. So Jessica, in the opinion Justice Thomas wrote quote, a bump stock does not convert a semi automatic rifle into a machine gun anymore than a shooter with a lightning fast trigger finger does. How did the justices, the majority arrive at this decision and what are the justices in dissent say? So the justices in the majority, as you said, it basically comes down to semi automatic weapon plus bump stock does not equal machine gun. Why does that matter? Because under federal law, machine guns can be prohibited. And so the entire basis of this opinion, the 63 majority opinion is that bump stocks and it's fairly technical don't truly transform those semi automatic weapons. And the opinion got into really detailed things like whether or not how you have to hold your finger on the trigger and how much pressure you have to give and whether or not you have to keep releasing the trigger. All of those things went into their assessment both during oral arguments. And then we see it here in the opinion as to whether or not, again, bump stocks could be prohibited. And the dissent said it was a very different view. So Justice Sotomayor, writing for the dissent, focused on the real world consequences of of bump stocks and started out right away with the tragedies that we have experienced as a result of people being able to add bump stocks to semi automatic weapons. I mean, I think the punchline here for a lot of people listening, thinking it's a conservative Supreme Court striking down another gun control restriction, they're really saying the ATF, you went out of your lane. Congress could, if they wanted to as a legislative matter, decide to ban bump stocks. And Jessica, there's another gun related issue before the court. What's at stake there? Totally different issue. So that case, the Rahimi case that's coming up deals with the Second Amendment. It's not an interpretation as to whether or not an executive agency, the ATF went too far afield, went beyond the scope of its power in the new case. The next case, I should say, the question is whether or not somebody subject to a domestic violence restraining order can be prohibited under federal law from owning a gun. And what he's arguing there is he's looking at a recent decision that the court made in a case called Bruin, where the court made it more difficult to uphold gun control restrictions. And he's saying, under that new standard, the restriction that I was found to violate is not constitutional. And so we're waiting for that case. That case was argued back in November. So I think we can potentially expect to see that case next week. OK, Jessica Levinson, thank you.

OTHER NEWS

8 minutes ago

Predicting 2 Steelers to start training camp on the PUP list

8 minutes ago

Celtics make another big call with Sam Hauser's contract extension

8 minutes ago

CrowdStrike’s Mistake Was a ‘Huge Deal,’ US Cyber Official Says

8 minutes ago

Ripple’s Brad Garlinghouse announces the end of legal battle with SEC

8 minutes ago

Bayern Munich confirm it is 'possible' Manchester United target Matthijs De Ligt leaves this summer

8 minutes ago

Texans host one of the NFL's top remaining free agent RBs for a workout

8 minutes ago

Miami Dolphins to host possible Shaquil Barrett replacement for workout

8 minutes ago

NFL analyst sees Jaguars adding high-end defensive player in 2025

11 minutes ago

Colts' projected starting offense ahead of training camp

11 minutes ago

Why plastic grass is devaluing your house – and ruining the environment

11 minutes ago

Khyree Jackson death: Vikings rookie Dallas Turner honors late teammate by keeping nameplate above his locker

11 minutes ago

Kamala Harris Says She Intends “To Earn And Win This Nomination” Following Joe Biden’s Exit From 2024 Race

11 minutes ago

Jays down Tigers to avoid series sweep

11 minutes ago

Fatal highway crash in B.C. Interior, 2 dead: Police

11 minutes ago

Kamala Harris: “My intention is to earn and win this nomination”

11 minutes ago

Can F-16s Compete Against F-35s? Lockheed Martin Thinks So

11 minutes ago

Joy in Newfoundland after ‘Lucky 7′ fishers survive harrowing days lost at sea

11 minutes ago

‘MAGA’ wasn’t Trump’s first slogan idea, and 3 more things to know about the phrase

11 minutes ago

Which Boston Bruins Prospects Are Most Likely to Earn Roster Spot? (Part IV)

11 minutes ago

MSNBC's Jen Psaki taken aback by her ex-boss dropping out: ‘I don’t think either of us had any indication’

11 minutes ago

Melting glaciers slow Earth's rotation, lengthening days

11 minutes ago

Travelling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell by Ann Powers review – the myriad faces of a musical maverick

11 minutes ago

Barcelona's cruise tax hike: Mayor aims to curb mass tourism

11 minutes ago

What Leeds Rhinos fans learned from Brad Arthur’s debut: substance over style and surprising players key

11 minutes ago

Would I be crazy to buy more shares in FTSE giant Unilever after a 20% rise?

11 minutes ago

How I’d aim to turn an empty ISA into £275k by purchasing cheap shares this summer

11 minutes ago

Biden staffers reportedly blindsided after president drops out of 2024 race: ‘We’re all finding out by tweet’

23 minutes ago

Tadej Pogacar wins Tour de France for third time with victory at time trial

23 minutes ago

Xander Schauffele’s Open Championship Win Sparks Major Golf Debate

23 minutes ago

Nico Rosberg’s sarcastic Max Verstappen verdict after Lewis Hamilton Hungary GP shunt

23 minutes ago

Bloomberg Opinion: JD Vance Sparks Fascination in China

23 minutes ago

Bayern Munich legend Uli Hoeneß wants Bayer Leverkusen ace, but worries there’s too much pressure on Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala

23 minutes ago

Barack Obama Calls Joe Biden “A Patriot Of The Highest Order,” Does Not Endorse Yet: “We Will Be Navigating Uncharted Waters In The Days Ahead”

23 minutes ago

‘I wish it would still be there when I get home’: The heartbreak of losing a neighbourhood tree

23 minutes ago

Justin Rose 'choking back tears' after Xander Schauffele surges to British Open title

23 minutes ago

KSI SLAMS bitter rival Jake Paul with three-word dig after the social media star knocked out former UFC fighter Mike Perry

23 minutes ago

Amateur jockey Alice Procter placed in intensive care after undergoing an operation following a fall at Cartmel that required an air ambulance to attend the scene

23 minutes ago

Rosenborg's clash with Lillestrom is abandoned after four anti-VAR protests inside the first 30 minutes as fans throw flares and FISH CAKES on to the pitch

23 minutes ago

Former Premier League star who played for 18 clubs reveals he has returned to Arsenal as part of academy coaching staff

23 minutes ago

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness issues key update on Matthijs De Ligt's future amid Man United's interest in the defender