By Knowladgey Team
October 6, 2023
– The ongoing legal battle over "ghost guns" has returned to the U.S. Supreme Court. – The Biden administration seeks to regain authority over these "untraceable firearms" following a recent victory for Second Amendment advocates. – The ongoing legal battle over "ghost guns" has returned to the U.S. Supreme Court.
– "Ghost guns" are partially completed frames and kits that can be assembled into functional firearms. – The Biden administration aims to regulate them by requiring makers to obtain licenses, mark products with serial numbers, maintain transaction records and conduct background checks. – These guns are currently unregulated, making them attractive to criminals.
– The battle began with a nationwide block of the ATF's rule by Judge Reed O'Connor of the Northern District of Texas. – Justice Samuel Alito issued a temporary administrative stay to allow enforcement of the ATF rule. – Recent developments in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals have complicated matters.
– Recent rulings have allowed certain companies, such as Defense Distributed and 80 Percent Arms, to monopolize the "ghost gun" market. – These companies can sell firearm frames and kits while legal proceedings unfold. – The Biden administration faces unexpected challenges in its efforts to regulate.
– Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar has urged the Supreme Court to reinstate ATF regulations on "ghost guns." – She argues that the lower court's injunction imposes the same harm on the government and the public. – The administration seeks to prevent the sale of these firearms without background checks.
– The ATF's updated rules, effective since August 2022, redefine terms related to firearms to address the "ghost gun" issue. – The government argues that the lack of background checks and serial numbers makes these guns attractive to criminals. – President Joe Biden has vowed to crack down on "ghost guns" due to their association with criminal activity.
– The "ghost gun" battle continues to be a legal and political challenge. – The Supreme Court's decision will impact the regulation of these firearms and their availability in the market. – Stay tuned for further developments in this ongoing saga.