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NJ AG Fears ‘Extreme Bloodshed’ After SCOTUS Strikes Down Bump Stock Ban

Following the US Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision striking down the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) ban on bump stocks, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin is in disbelief that there are no federal regulations for firearm accessories that “have the potential to cause significant bloodshed.”

Breitbart News reported the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision on Friday, noting that Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the majority opinion.

Thomas made it clear that bump stocks do not turn a semi-automatic rifle into an automatic rifle.

Semi-automatic rifles are not machine guns because the shooter must pull the trigger every time. The case asks whether bump stocks — attachments to semi-automatic rifles that allow the shooter to pull the trigger more quickly (and thus achieve a higher rate of fire) — turn the rifle into a “machine gun.” We hold that bump stocks do not turn the rifle into a machine gun…

Platkin Responded He argued in a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision that bump stocks still “turn semi-automatic rifles into machine guns.”

He reminded New Jersey residents that although the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on bump stocks, the devices remain banned at the state level and he intends to enforce it “to the fullest extent.”

“There is no legitimate reason for law-abiding citizens to possess a device that has the potential to cause mass bloodshed,” Platkin argued.

On October 17, 2017, just over two weeks after the Las Vegas shooting, when bump stock bans were being debated and promoted, Breitbart News pointed to a letter from the ATF Association informing lawmakers that the ATF had approved bump stocks because they do not turn semi-automatic rifles into “machine guns.”

The letter read as follows:

The National Firearms Act of 1934, Title 26 USC 5845(b), defines a “machine gun” as a combination of parts designed and intended to be used to modify a weapon so that a single function of the trigger can cause the weapon to be fired automatically one or more times without manual reloading. ATF also believes that any item that can cause a firearm to be fired more than one time by a single function of the trigger is also regulated as a machine gun.

The Las Vegas killer used a “bump slide,” an accessory that attaches to the stock of a semi-automatic rifle to speed up the trigger pull, making the rate of fire more like a real machine gun, but under current law it does not qualify as a machine gun.

The Supreme Court struck down the bump stock ban Garland v. Cargill.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Constitutional Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the author and curator of Breitbart News’ weekly Constitutional Amendment newsletter, Down Range with AWR Hawkins, which focuses on all things Constitutional Amendment. He has served as a political analyst for Armed American Radio, a pro staff member for Pulsar Night Vision, and Global Marketing Director for Lone Star Hunts. He was a visiting scholar at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in 2010 and earned his PhD in Military History. Follow him on Instagram. FollowYou can subscribe to Downrange at breitbart.com/downrange . To contact me directly, please email awrhawkins@breitbart.com