Biden’s Gun Control Backfires After Fifth Circuit Ruling: Ghost Guns Legal Once More

By Tyler Durden

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of Defense Distributed and other companies that make and distribute “ghost guns” and denied the Federal Government a “stay” in the case VanDerStok v. Garland.

This ruling allows Defense Distributed, Blackhawk Manufacturing Group (incorporated, doing business as 80 Percent Arms), Second Amendment Foundation (incorporated; Not An LLC, doing business as JSD Supply), and Polymer80 the ability to continue selling unfinished gun parts or 80% receivers legally — a significant blow to President Biden’s war on ghost guns.

Previously, US District Judge Reed O’Connor granted a motion for summary judgment against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) because the agency exceeded its authority. This judgment vacated the entire rule nationwide.

The Federal Government’s response to that judgment was to request a stay, essentially a continuance of the status quo until the case ends. Today’s decision denied that stay, with the court stating:

“Because the ATF has not demonstrated a strong likelihood of success on the merits, nor irreparable harm in the absence of a stay, we DENY the government’s request to stay the vacatur of the two challenged portions of the Rule.” 

This is the third time the 5th Circuit has nullified an executive order by President Biden to usher in gun control. Notable cases, such as GOA v. Garland, Mock v. Garland and Cargill v. Garland, have stopped the enforcement of Biden’s “Frame or Receiver” rule.

Defense Distributed had this to say about the favorable ruling:

“The 5th Circuit knows the ATF will not succeed on the merits. This rule was never the result of the popular will, but was instead a cynical ploy to launder Bloomberg gun control priorities through the APA rulemaking process as a reward for gun controllers supporting the Biden campaign in 2020.”

In 2021, Biden directed the Department of Justice and ATF to ban ghost guns using the administrative rulemaking process. The result was ATF’s “Frame and Receiver rule.”

Recall Biden unveiled the new rule to rein in ghost guns and ban the manufacturing of untraceable firearms at an event in the White House Rose Garden in April 2022.

“These guns are weapons of choice for many criminals.

“We’re going to do everything we can to deprive them of that choice,” Biden said at the event last year. 

The rule intended to prohibit businesses from selling gun kits without a serial number. However, following this new ruling, companies like Defense Distributed and Polymer80, which manufacture ghost guns, are now free to carry on with their product sales and expand.

Also, the ruling allows Defense Distributed to unleash a barrage of lawsuits against any state AG who decides to send a cease-and-desist letter over this legal victory. This is a legal “checkmate” and will deter other states from taking matters into their own hands on this issue, as it often happens as state AGs routinely send these companies threatening letters. 

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Here’s the ruling:

Jennifer VanDerStok; Michae… by Zerohedge

Source: ZeroHedge

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1 Comment on "Biden’s Gun Control Backfires After Fifth Circuit Ruling: Ghost Guns Legal Once More"

  1. Praise God!

    However, let’s not overlook that this would have never been an issue to begin with had the constitutional framers (like their early 1600s predecessors) established government and society upon the Bible’s immutable/unchanging moral laws and principles (including Psalm 149:6-9, 1 Timothy 5:8, etc.) rather than their own capricious man-made traditions (aka the biblically seditious Constitution).

    America was sold down the river when the 18th-century founding fathers replaced Biblical responsibilities (based upon the moral law of God) for Enlightenment rights, and nothing demonstrates it better than the Second Amendment.

    Think about it: The Amendment WITH the wording “shall not be infringed” is the MOST infringed, licensed, and limited Amendment of the entire twenty seven. Furthermore, a future generation of our posterity is likely to see the Second Amendment whittled away entirely or repealed altogether. This is inherent nature and danger of optional Enlightenment rights versus non-optional Biblical responsibilities, such as the following:

    “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword [or today’s equivalent] in their hand … this honor have all his saints. Praise ye Yah.” (Psalm 149:6-9)

    “But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house [beginning with spiritual and physical protection], he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1 Timothy 5:8)

    Which is more potent: 1) An optional right, or 2) A non-optional responsibility?

    Which is more likely to be infringed, licensed, and ultimately abolished altogether?

    Which did the pre-Second Amendment Americans look to for their authority to bear arms, with little or nor infringement?

    For more, listen to “The Second Amendment: A Knife in a Gunfight,” delivered at the Springfield, Missouri Firearms and Freedom Symposium, at Bible versus Constitution dot org. Go to our Video page and scroll down to title.

    See also online Chapter 12 “Amendment 2: Constitutional vs. Biblical Self-Defense” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” Click on the top entry on our Online Book page and scroll down to Chapter 12.

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