Supreme Court Stands With Biden on Ghost Guns – What’s Next?

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FILE - "Ghost guns" are displayed at the headquarters of the San Francisco Police Department in San Francisco, Nov. 27, 2019. A federal judge issued a court order Thursday, March 9, 2023, that immediately halts 10 gun distributors from selling or shipping gun parts and kits to New York — the types of materials officials say can be used to build untraceable ghost guns which can then be sold without background checks, eventually ending up in the wrong hands. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)
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In a pivotal five-four emergency ruling, the Supreme Court has temporarily reinstated the Biden Administration’s clamp down on ghost guns, which are DIY firearms that dodge standard regulations. This comes as the court set aside a lower court’s decision to scrap the regulation entirely.

Previously, Biden had ramped up efforts to control the sale of the untraceable firearms, but the road was not smooth. A Texas Republican-appointed federal judge deemed the move an overreach of the ATF’s power.

The ATF wanted to redefine certain gun parts and unfinished kits as firearms, compelling sellers to adhere to usual gun sale regulations like background checks. The Texas judge, however, saw this as stretching the law.

The Supreme Court’s split decision saw Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Amy Coney Barrett side with the three liberal justices. Conservative Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh were in opposition.

The kicker: the legal battle is far from over. The case will resurface in a lower appeals court next month and could potentially swing back to the Supreme Court.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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