Supreme Court leaves federal regulation of gun silencers in place, refusing to hear case

Supreme Court leaves federal regulation of gun silencers in place, refusing to hear case

Gun Rights

Gun with silencer The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers Monday, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Virginia. Challengers in the case believe the Second Amendment protects such firearm accessories. An appeals court had held that a silencer is not a "bearable" arm protected by the Constitution. The case comes as President Donald Trump also suggested he’d look into restrictions on gun silencers. The Trump asked the court to stay out of the case and leave the convictions in place. The order was issued without comment or recorded dissent. Shane Cox owned a military surplus store in Kansas where he sold unregistered homemade silencers and Jeremy Kettler bought one of them. They were convicted under the National Firearms Act, passed in 1934, which requires individuals to register silencers and to pay a federal tax of about $200. The law has the effect of limiting the number of silencers, but not banning them. It also makes it harder to transfer them. Eight states and Washington, D.C., go further and ban silencers altogether, others ban them unless registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Court experts did not expect the court to take up this issue, but believe justices are more likely to look at other issues concerning public carry and assault weapons. Some believe the lower courts are thumbing their nose at the 2008 landmark Heller v. U.S. decision, which holds that […]

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