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Bump Stocks Ruling

The US Supreme Court yesterday struck down a Trump-era federal ban on a gun accessory, known as a bump stock, that modifies semi-automatic weapons to fire roughly 400 to 800 rounds per minute, a rate nearing that of automatic weapons (700 to 950 rounds per minute).

 

The court's 6-3 ruling (see here) found the Justice Department exceeded its authority in 2018 when reclassifying rifles modified with bump stocks as machine guns, which are banned under a 1986 law. Justice Clarence Thomas, in writing for the majority, said rifles with bump stocks don't qualify as machine guns, which are defined as being able to fire more than one shot "by a single function of the trigger." Whereas rifles with bump stocks technically involve multiple functions of the trigger, with an individual needing to "release and reset the trigger between every shot." 

 

Bump stocks became illegal following their use in a 2017 massacre at a Las Vegas music festival that killed 60 people—the deadliest mass shooting in US history. At least 15 states currently ban bump stocks.

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Catherine, Princess of Wales, offers update on cancer diagnosis.

In a written statement posted to social media, Catherine said she is still undergoing cancer treatment but will make a public appearance today at a ceremony celebrating King Charles' birthday. The public appearance will mark Catherine's first since she underwent surgery in January. The message was accompanied by a new photo of Catherine. See the statement and photo here (via X).

 

South Africa's ruling party strikes coalition deal with its largest rival.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected to a second term yesterday after his ruling party, the African National Congress, agreed to form a new unity government with its main opposing party, the Democratic Alliance. The deal between the two rival parties is the first such agreement in 30 years and comes after the ANC lost its majority in general elections last month.  

 

Justice Department declines to prosecute Merrick Garland.

The Justice Department said Attorney General Merrick Garland won't be prosecuted for contempt of Congress because his refusal to hand over audio recordings of President Joe Biden's classified documents interview is not a crime. The response comes after the House voted this week to hold Garland in contempt. Biden previously asserted executive privilege in blocking the release of the recordings. 

 

Demolition begins for site of 2018 Parkland school shooting.

Excavation crews started tearing down a building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, yesterday, six years after the deadliest high school shooting in US history. Fourteen students and three staff members were killed on Valentine's Day, along with 17 others wounded after a shooter opened fire. The families of victims have suggested replacing the building with a memorial. 

 

USA advances to Super 8 stage at cricket's T20 World Cup.

Team USA's advancement comes after its Group A match with Ireland was called off due to the weather in Florida. USA, which is playing in the T20 World Cup for the first time, is seen as the underdog. Team USA will now face South Africa, the West Indies, and either Scotland or England in the tournament's second round next week. The top two teams from that second round group will move on to the semifinals. 

 

Medical data firm Tempus AI raises $410M in initial public offering.

Shares of Tempus AI closed up around 9% yesterday after the Chicago-based healthcare diagnostics company debuted on the Nasdaq stock market. Tempus AI has a market value of $6.1B at its current IPO price. Learn how an IPO works here.

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