On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to take up two other firearms-related cases, although they don’t address the Second Amendment the way Rahimi does.
One case is a challenge to the federal ban on bump stocks, devices that essentially allow shooters to fire semiautomatic rifles more rapidly, discharging potentially hundreds of bullets per minute.
The case goes to whether the Trump-era Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives exceeded its authority when it reclassified bump stocks as “machine guns” under the National Firearms Act, banned bump stock devices in 2019 and ordered people who possessed the devices to destroy them or turn them into an ATF office.
The second involves the First Amendment. It’s an appeal from the National Rifle Association concerning the group’s allegations that the former head of New York’s Department of Financial Services tried to persuade banks and insurance companies to sever ties with the gun rights group.
The New York Department of Financial Services is responsible for initiating civil and criminal investigations and civil enforcement actions.
The NRA claims that Maria Vullo, who served as superintendent of the state agency, violated the organization’s First Amendment rights by threatening entities with adverse regulatory actions if they did business with the NRA.
Both cases will be heard early next year.