Supreme Court Takes On Biden’s ‘Ghost Gun’ Appeal

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( – The Supreme Court is going to take up a “ghost gun” appeal by the Biden administration which could result in an important showdown for guns in the next term. The justices have previously had to intervene twice in the dispute on an emergency basis. On Monday in the brief order, they agreed to look at the merits of the case.

President Biden had announced two years earlier a crackdown on devices that are do-it-yourself firearm kits as they then are harder to trace. The regulation had been ruled to be unlawful by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which had ruled in favor of the gun owners, advocacy organizations, and manufacturing and distribution gun entities that had opposed the crackdown. 

The Department of Justice had pushed the Supreme Court to look at the case and warned that should the lower ruling continue standing there would be deadly consequences. 

U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar has stated in court papers filed on behalf of the government that under the interpretation of the Fifth Circuit, anyone would be able to buy a DIY kit and assemble a firearm that would be completely functional. As she pointed out, that firearm would then not have a serial number, records, or require background checks. She continued by stating that this would lead to a vast increase in the “untraceable ghost guns” that would potentially be a threat to the party and law enforcement who are attempting to solve certain crimes 

In the past, the Supreme Court has taken the Biden administration’s side twice in the court’s emergency docket. On the first occasion, the justices had voted 5-4 while in the second there was no public dissent.

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