Supremes asked to open door to interstate handgun sales

Supremes asked to open door to interstate handgun sales

Gun Rights

If the buyer and seller both follow all applicable laws, the federal government allows the interstate purchase of a home. Or a chain saw. Or a sword. Or a computer. Or even a long gun, like a rifle or shotgun. But not a handgun. And that prohibition is being targeted in a new petition to the high court for the justices to hear the arguments in the Mance v. Whitaker case from the 5th Circuit, and reverse it. It involves a Texas firearms retailer and two would-be customers who reside in Washington, D.C. A federal district court earlier ruled that the interstate handgun ban is facially unconstitutional, which was reversed by the 5th Circuit panel, explains the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, which is pursuing the appeal. At the 5th, a petition for rehearing en banc was rejected 8-7. The case is on behalf of Andrew and Tracy Hanson of Washington, D.C., and Texas firearms retailer Fredric Mance. They are represented by attorney Alan Gura, famed for his earlier precedent setting work on gun rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.. “The ban on interstate handgun sales was adopted decades ago,” noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “prior to the advent of the National Instant Check System that is now in place. The Hansons have essentially been denied the ability to legally purchase a handgun from a licensed retailer because of this prohibition. “But our case goes to the heart of what appears to be […]

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