Supreme Court’s Bump Stock Ruling Upsets Las Vegas Shooting Survivors

In October 2017, during the Route 91 music festival in Las Vegas, a gunman used a bump stock to kill 60 people and wound over 400 others in the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

Following this tragedy, then-President Donald Trump banned bump stocks, which modify rifles to fire like machine guns—a move supported by survivors and unusual for a Republican president and the National Rifle Association.

However, the US Supreme Court recently overturned this ban in a 6-3 decision, ruling that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had exceeded its authority.

Survivors like Heather Gooze, who saw the ban as progress, now feel the decision is a setback for gun control.

They argue that bump stocks serve no legitimate purpose for civilians, echoing concerns about their role in mass shootings.

While some survivors believe stricter gun laws might not prevent such tragedies, they still oppose reinstating bump stocks.

The debate remains polarizing, with gun rights and public safety at odds amid ongoing gun violence in the US.

For more details, refer to BBC News.

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