GOA, GOF File Amicus Brief with SCOTUS in Bump Stock Case
By Walter Smoloski
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2024
Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the Gun Owners Foundation filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in Garland v. Cargill, a case challenging the ATF’s ban on bump stocks.
Gun Owners of America has been active in pushing back on the Trump-era Bump Stock Ban, which was an onerous attempt by the ATF to re-classify bump stocks as machineguns under federal law. GOA met with officials in the Trump Administration to oppose the ban, has lobbied Capitol Hill to prevent codifying the ban, and even filed a separate lawsuit challenging the ATF’s policy reversal, which was previously denied by the Supreme Court in 2022.
Many Americans are likely unaware that there are various ways to bump fire weapons, including with one’s own shoulder, and even with something as simple as a belt loop.
A summary of GOA’s argument in the amicus brief is below:
The ATF’s reversal of their long-held position on the legality of bump stocks is not the “best” interpretation of the underlying statute
A bump stock does not enable semi-automatic rifles to fire multiple rounds by a single trigger pull
Attaching a bump stock to a semi-automatic rifle does not make it a machinegun