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Attorney General Rutledge Joins Coalition Against Federal Firearm Accessory Ban

Says, ‘The Biden Administration is on notice that I will continue to zealously defend our Second Amendment rights’

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Rutledge joined a 22-state coalition supporting a challenge to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) rule that would immediately transform hundreds of thousands of law-abiding gun owners into criminals.  The brief asks the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case, Gun Owners of America v. Merrick Garland, and reverse a lower court opinion upholding a ban on bump-stock accessories.

“As your Attorney General, I will continue to be the last line of defense between you and an overreaching federal government,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “The Biden Administration is on notice that I will continue to zealously defend our Second Amendment rights.”

The ATF’s Final Rule on Bump-Stock-Type Devices violated federal law – as well as longstanding ATF policy – by requiring bump stock owners to surrender or destroy them to avoid criminal liability. Bump stocks replace the standard stock of these firearms and enable the shooter to decrease the amount of time between rounds fired. They are commonly used accessories, and the ATF’s bump-stock rule is an attempt to circumvent the legislative branch and unilaterally re-write federal law. The ATF itself recognized that this type of accessory has been around since the introduction of semi-automatic firearms along with similar devices and modifications that can be used to create the same effect that the ATF is attempting to criminalize.

Attorney General Rutledge joined attorneys general of: Montana, West Virginia, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming also signed on in support.