GOA challenges Justice Department’s authority to ban bump stocks

The federal government has only just begun the process of banning bump stocks for firearms, but Second Amendment groups are already lining up to challenge whatever the Justice Department produces.

Americans have a right to the aftermarket gun accessory, the groups insist, and the Obama administration repeatedly said it didn’t have the power to regulate bump stocks en masse without changes to federal law.

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That could undercut the Trump administration’s attempt to write a ban without authority from Congress.

Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said his group plans to seek out other pro-gun organizations to join a court challenge. He said attorneys are mapping out a strategy.

“We predict that an honest, constitutional and legal analysis by the courts will result in this regulation being struck down,” Mr. Pratt said.

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