• Stephen Buckingham

Supreme Court Upholds Maryland Bump Stock Ban

This week, the United States Supreme Court had the final word on whether Maryland’s 2018 law banning “rapid fire trigger activators,” mechanisms capable of increasing a firearm’s rate of fire. A legal challenge was brought by a gun-rights group called “Maryland Shall Issue,” but by refusing to hear the case, the Court let stand the lower court rulings that upheld the law as constitutional.

The UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland supported the bill, filed as HB 888 and SB 707 in 2018, because of the danger of devices like the “bump stock” used by the shooter who killed fifty-eight people and injured hundreds of others when he opened fire on concertgoers from his hotel room in Las Vegas in 2017. The law Maryland passed at its next session made it illegal to “manufacture, possess, sell, offer to sell, transfer, purchase, or receive” any device that increases the rate at which a gun’s trigger is activated or the rate the weapon fires.

While not noticed by many or widely reported in the media, this action by the Supreme Court assures that the bill cannot be subject to any further challenge. We are grateful for this action and celebrate it as a victory for sensible legislation to protect our people from the scourge of gun violence.

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