Federal Judge Upholds Trump Administration's Bump Stock Ban

Federal Judge Upholds Trump Administration's Bump Stock Ban
​The judge rejected the argument that the government doesn't have the authority to enforce such a ban.

A federal judge has given the Trump administration the green light to officially ban bump stocks nationwide. 

The judge dismissed a challenge to the Trump administration's ban on Monday, rejecting the plaintiffs' arguments that the government did not have the legal authority to enforce the ban.

The Justice Department submitted a proposal to ban bump stocks a few months after the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. The gunman used weapons rigged with the devices during the attack, which left 58 people dead and hundreds more injured.

Late last year, then-acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker signed a federal regulation to classify bump stock-type devices as machine guns, making them illegal under federal law. Bump stocks are firearm accessories that essentially give a semiautomatic gun the fire rate of an automatic once attached. 

The ban is set to go into effect on March 26. Once that happens, bump stock owners will have 90 days to turn in or destroy the items.