SCOTUS’s 2023 Term Was a Triumph for Reining in Executive Branch Overreach

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By Shelby Baird Smith The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2023 Term has been a triumph for reining in executive overreach. It is no secret that the Biden administration has used its executive agencies—and for our industry Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in particular—to circumvent the will of Congress to enact its radical antigun […]

In Cargill, SCOTUS Ruled that Words Mean Things and Congress Writes the Laws

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By Shelby Baird Smith Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court took a major step in reining in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) administrative overreach. The Court held in Garland v. Cargill that the agency exceeded its statutory authority by classifying semiautomatic rifles equipped with bump stocks as “machineguns” under the National Firearms Act […]

Cargill: We Can Use the Bump Stock Ruling to Protect Everything

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I was told over five years ago, ‘Why are you going down this road? No one cares about bump stocks. Let’s go ahead and let them take the bump stocks.’ But instead, I stood and fought. And because of this, the bump stock case is gonna be the case that saves everything.  It’s gonna stop […]

What Today’s Ruling in Cargill Means for the 2A and Other Gun-Related Cases

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As Dan’s initial post reported, in an opinion by the ever-reliable Justice Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court drop-kicked the ATF’s reinterpretation of the National Firearms Act, depositing it on the ash heap of history. However, for those of you looking for another expansion of Second Amendment rights, you won’t find it here. Garland v. Cargill is and always […]

BREAKING: Supreme Court Overturns Trump Era Bump Stock Ban

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In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court has overturned the Trump era ATF’s bump stock ban. The court split along the usual ideological lines. Following the 2017 Mandalay Bay shooting in Las Vegas in which the killer, Stephen Paddock, allegedly used a bump stock, there was momentum in Congress to outlaw them. The Trump administration […]

Anti-Gun Politicians Step Up SCOTUS Attacks As 2A Cases, Election Loom

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By Shelby Baird Smith There’s a troubling trend by certain politicians to salt the ground at the U.S. Supreme Court before more significant firearm-related cases can be argued and decided. Politicians are disparaging the justices in an attempt to politicize the Court and delegitimize its decisions, even before arguments are heard. It’s unfolding in the […]

SCOTUS Chevron Deference Cases Could Put an End to ATF Regulatory Overreach

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  This is a fish story that could have seismic impacts for the way the federal government generates gun control regulations. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases – both challenging a National Marine Fisheries Service rule that requires commercial fishing boats to pay for government monitors that keep watch over crews for […]