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NY leaders blast US Supreme Court striking down gun bump-stock ban

New York leaders on Friday slammed a U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned a ban on bump stocks, devices favored by mass shooters that effectively turn semi-automatic rifles into machine guns.

The 6-3 decision by the nation’s highest court overturned a Trump-era federal ban.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said the ban on rapid-fire guns would remain in place.

But Adams said in a statement that “while these devices remain illegal in New York City, this decision, and the Supreme Court’s legacy, makes our country less safe.”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said repealing the federal ban on bump stocks would make all Americans less safe. Andrew Schwartz/SplashNews.com

Bump stocks have been used lethally in mass shootings, including the 2017 massacre at a country music festival in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead.

Former President Donald Trump’s administration banned the devices in 2019, and New York state followed suit the following year.

However, bump stocks are still illegal to use and were used by a racist against New Yorkers in the 2022 Buffalo shooting.

“Exactly one month ago, we marked the anniversary of the tragic attack in Buffalo — a horrific day when a hate-driven gunman used a bump stock to turn a gun into an even more lethal weapon, killing 10 of our neighbors,” Gov. Kathy Hockle said in a statement Friday.

Bump stocks effectively make a semi-automatic rifle fire like a machine gun. AP
Gov. Kathy Hawkle noted that the racist shooter in the 2022 Buffalo shooting used a bump stock. Andrew Schwartz/SplashNews.com

Similarly, state Attorney General Letitia James has been a high-profile The legal battle with the NRA — condemned the decision.

“This decision puts at risk the safety of every community across the country,” she tweeted.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, writing the majority opinion, ruled that bump stocks are not considered illegal machine guns.

“We have concluded that a semi-automatic rifle equipped with a bump stock is not a ‘machine gun.'” [sic] “No single action of the trigger will fire more than one bullet,” he wrote.

State Assemblywoman Michelle Solajes, chair of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, noted the ruling came during Gun Violence Awareness Month.

“Justice Clarence Thomas’ description of fully automatic rifles may provide legal justification for their use, but it does not change the fact that these weapons have taken the lives of countless innocent Americans across the country,” she said in a statement.

With post wire

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