Gun rights ad­vo­cates chal­lenge ban on bump stocks

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

A gun rights group has filed a fed­eral law­suit chal­leng­ing Mary­land’s re­cently en­acted ban on de­vices that in­crease the rate of fire of semi-au­to­matic firearms.

The com­plaint, filed Mon­day by a group called Mary­land Shall Is­sue, says the ban passed by the leg­is­la­ture and signed by Gov. Larry Ho­gan in April vi­o­lates the fed­eral and state con­sti­tu­tions.

The ban pro­hibits the man­u­fac­ture, pos­ses­sion, sale or trans­fer of any “rapid fire trig­ger ac­ti­va­tor” such as a bump stock.

It is sched­uled to take ef­fect Oct. 1.

The law­suit ar­gues, among other things, that ban­ning the con­tin­ued pos­ses­sion of de­vices that are cur­rently le­gal with­out com­pen­sat­ing their own­ers amounts to an un­con­sti­tu­tional tak­ing of prop­erty.

The plain­tiffs also ar­gue that the law is un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally vague and vi­o­lates their due process rights.

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