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USA. The ban on attachments that turn rifles into automatic weapons has been lifted

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The ban on the sale of attachments for semi-automatic rifles, allowing them to be turned into automatic weapons, was lifted on Friday by the US Supreme Court. The regulations were introduced by the Donald Trump administration, among others, after the massacre in Las Vegas in 2017, in which 60 people died.

IN USA the regulations introduced in 2017 that classified rifles with the so-called bump stocks – attachments for semi-automatic rifles allowing them to be turned into automatic weapons – as banned machine guns and banned the possession of accessories under penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

The ban on rifle attachments has been lifted

Judges upheld a complaint brought by a Texas gun store owner. All six conservative judges voted in favor of lifting the ban, while the remaining three liberal judges voted against. In his ruling, Justice Clarence Thomas found that special rifle stock attachments that use the rifle's recoil to automatically press the trigger do not actually turn a semi-automatic rifle into a machine gun. He compared the action of the attachment to a “flash-finger shooter” pressing the trigger.

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Liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor warned in a reported dissenting opinion that the court's decision would have “deadly consequences.” “When I see a bird that walks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck,” wrote the judge, arguing that because bump stocks allow for automatic firing of a series of shots, in her opinion it meets the definition of a machine gun.

Joe Biden's staff: there is no place for combat weapons on the streets

The court's decision was criticized by the president's campaign staff Joe Biden. “There is no place for combat weapons on the streets of America, but the justices of the Trump Supreme Court (the court includes three judges nominated by Trump – ed.) have decided that the gun lobby is more important than the safety of our children and our communities,” the statement said.

These accessories became famous after the Las Vegas massacre in 2017, one of the largest mass shootings in recent years. The bump stocks installed on the perpetrator's rifles allowed him to fire over a thousand shots from the hotel room window at the concert participants in a short period of time. As a result, he killed 60 people and injured 869 more. The Trump administration introduced a ban on face shields after another massacre, at a school in Parkland, Florida.

Restrictions on access to weapons

Friday's decision was another judgment of the court in its current composition, which abolished some of the restrictions on the right to possess firearms. In 2022, the same judges decided to abolish some of the state's procedures for applying for a gun permit.

Main photo source: Eline van Nes / Hollandse Hoogte / East News

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