SALT LAKE CITY — A federal ban on a plastic accessory that makes a semi-automatic weapon work like a machine gun remains at issue as a Utah gun enthusiast continues to press his case to overturn the rule.

A lawyer for Clark Aposhian and a government attorney faced questions Wednesday from 11 judges on the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in the court’s first online hearing.

The New Civil Liberties Alliance, which represents Aposhian, is challenging a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives rule that classifies what is known as a bump stock as a machine gun. The group also has a Texas case pending in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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