Republicans Breaks Silence About Potential Bump Stock Ban

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( – On Sunday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) argued that the Trump administration legislation that banned bump stocks was treading close to being in violation of the Second Amendment. These comments came after two days earlier the Supreme Court had reversed the prohibition.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Cotton pointed out that when it comes to the legislative question, he would suggest that they need to deal with violent and gun crimes before they start to infringe on the rights of law-abiding U.S. citizens. When asked specifically whether he believes the ban on bump stock is in violation of the Second Amendment he argued that it could potentially be. 

As he pointed out, it was “close to the line” and that in order to make a determination on this they needed to check the legislative language. He added that more than anything else though, what they needed in the United States is to “get tough on crime.” 

On Friday, Cotton praised the Supreme Court for their decision which reversed the previous prohibition. Bump stocks can be used to convert semi automatic weapons into weapons that can be used to fire hundreds of rounds each minute. Former President Trump had passed the ban following the shooting in Florida. 

The 6-3 decision by the Supreme Court was split on ideological lines. Cotton claimed that the Friday ruling was not an outcome-based judgment but rather that the six Republican justices had looked at the Constitution and the statutes to form a decision. 

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