Supreme Court Decision Requires Gun Parts Makers to Abide by Ghost Gun Rules

The United States Supreme Court issued an order on Monday, directing two internet sellers of gun parts to adhere to a Biden administration regulation to address the issue of ghost guns. 

These are firearms that lack serial numbers, making them difficult to trace. The law, which the Supreme Court had previously upheld in August after being invalidated by a lower court, pertains to ghost gun kits and aims to enhance traceability.

The two companies in question, Blackhawk Manufacturing Group, and Defense Distributed, were initially exempted from complying with the regulation by a federal judge in Texas.

This exemption had raised concerns about the potential proliferation of untraceable ghost guns. 

Notably, other manufacturers of gun parts had also been seeking similar court orders, prompting the Biden administration to advocate for the Supreme Court’s intervention to prevent the availability of ghost guns without background checks.

Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar, the administration’s top Supreme Court lawyer, emphasized the urgency of the matter in a filing, stating, “Absent relief from this Court, therefore, untraceable ghost guns will remain widely available to anyone with a computer and a credit card—no background check required.”

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Supreme Court Orders Compliance with Regulation Targeting Ghost Guns

The critical aspect of the regulation is its modification of the federal definition of a firearm to include unfinished parts, such as handgun frames or long gun receivers, which can now be tracked more effectively.

These parts must be licensed and have serial numbers, and manufacturers must conduct background checks before selling them, similar to the procedures for commercially made firearms.

Crucially, the regulation applies irrespective of the method used to create the firearm, encompassing ghost guns made from individual parts, kits, or 3D printers.

While the regulation remains in effect, the Biden administration is set to appeal the judge’s ruling to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. 

This could lead to further legal battles and the Supreme Court’s future consideration of the matter.

The Supreme Court’s involvement in this issue underscores the broader societal debate surrounding gun control and the efforts to enhance firearm traceability and background checks, particularly in the context of emerging technologies and evolving methods of firearm production.

The outcome of these legal battles may have far-reaching implications for regulating ghost guns and gun control measures in the United States.

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Source: AP News

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