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Supreme Court won’t take Maryland bump stock ban case

UPDATED: Mon., May 3, 2021

In this June 29, 2020 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Patrick Semansky)
In this June 29, 2020 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Patrick Semansky)
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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is declining to take up a challenge to Maryland’s ban on bump stocks and other devices that make guns fire faster.

The high court on Monday turned away a challenge to the ban, which took effect in October 2018. A lower court had dismissed the challenge at an early stage and that decision had been upheld by an appeals court. As is typical, the court didn’t comment in declining to take the case.

Maryland’s ban preceded a nationwide ban on the sale and possession of bump stocks that was put in place by the Trump administration and took effect in 2019.

The Supreme Court previously declined to stop the Trump administration from enforcing that ban. Both Maryland’s ban and the nationwide one followed a 2017 shooting in Las Vegas in which a gunman attached bump stocks to assault-style rifles he used to shoot concertgoers from his hotel room. Fifty-eight people were killed and hundreds were injured.

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