Statement from Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin on Supreme Court Firearms Decision Allowing Bump Stocks

For Immediate Release: June 14, 2024

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– Matthew J. Platkin, Attorney General

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“As the state’s chief law enforcement officer, I condemn today’s Supreme Court’s decision holding that bump stocks, which convert semiautomatic rifles into machine guns, are not federally regulated. To be clear, bump stocks remain prohibited under New Jersey law, and this decision has no impact on our law, which I will continue to enforce to the fullest extent. There is no valid reason for any law-abiding citizen to own a device capable of causing extreme bloodshed. A bump stock was used on October 1, 2017, when a gunman slaughtered 60 concertgoers and severely injured more than 500 others from his Las Vegas hotel room. Here we are halfway through the year, and across the country, there have already been more than 200 mass shootings, and more than 14,000 people have been the victims of gun violence. The horrifying consequences of this ruling will be felt for decades to come.”