On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled against the Biden administration’s federal ban on “bump stock” firearm accessories to increase firing speeds, deciding that it is unlawful.

In a 6-3 decision, the Court’s conservative majority held that the nearly century-old law designed to prohibit machine guns cannot be applied to bump stocks. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing on behalf of the majority, noted that a firearm equipped with the accessory does not constitute a “machinegun” per the law’s definition.

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“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,” liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her dissent, which she also decided to read aloud in the court, a rare move.

Gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, founded in the wake of the Parkland high school shooting, said eighteen states have them banned and that Congress has the ability to interfere with the decision.

Shane Devine is a writer covering politics and business for VT and a regular guest on The Unusual Suspects. Follow Shane’s work here.

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