Scoop: Dems rally behind Schumer's bump stock ban after Supreme Court reversal

scoop: dems rally behind schumer's bump stock ban after supreme court reversal

Scoop: Dems rally behind Schumer's bump stock ban after Supreme Court reversal

A wave of Senate Democrats is backing a bipartisan bill to ban bump stocks after the Supreme Court threw out a federal ban on the gun attachment, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) will try this week to pass a bump stock ban — knowing he's likely to draw an objection from at least one Republican, which would thwart the effort but boost Democrats' pre-election messaging.

Driving the news: Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have picked up 20 new cosponsors for their Banning Unlawful Machinegun Parts (BUMP) Act since the ruling.

  • Republicans are likely to object to Schumer's unanimous consent request to pass the bill.
  • Even a single GOP objection would give Democrats the opportunity to paint Republicans as broadly against a ban that polls have shown is popular and was put place under the Trump administration — right after a string of mass shootings that left nine dead over the weekend.

Catch up quick: Bump stocks are attachments that allow semiautomatic rifles to fire bullets more rapidly. They were banned after a 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, in which a gunman opened fire on a music festival, killing 60 people and wounding 850 more.

  • In its 6-3 ruling last week, the Supreme Court's conservative majority argued that bump stocks do not convert semiautomatic rifles into what the law defines as a machine gun.

The big picture: The Supreme Court's decision brings fresh attention to the debate over gun control ahead of the November election.

  • Democrats are confident that voters, on balance, will reward any efforts at moderate firearms restrictions.

Between the lines: Two vulnerable Senate Democrats from battleground states President Biden won in 2020 — Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) — cosponsored the bill.

  • By contrast, Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.)— who are seeking re-election in states Trump twice won — have not signed on.
  • Schumer's strategy of prodding Republicans to block the measure without a recorded floor vote could provide some cover for vulnerable Democrats from red states.

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