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SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Case Challenging ATF Overreach

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The United States Supreme Court building.
The United States Supreme Court building.

In layman’s terms: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case about the ATF’s changing of definitions as they related to regulated firearms.

On April 22, the Supreme Court granted cert to hear the Federal lawsuit challenging the ATF’s “frame or receiver” rule.

The case, known as Vanderstok v. Garland, is a suit brought by the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) over their attempt to change the definition of frames and receivers as they relate to regulated firearms.

In July of 2023, a Federal judge found ATF’s rule was facially invalid and granted a motion for summary judgment and vacated the rule nation-wide. Just a few days later the Supreme Court temporarily reversed that decision with an administrative stay on the lower court’s ruling.

In February of 2024, FPC petitioned the Supreme Court for a Writ of Certiorari, or request to hear the case.

This is a significant case to come before the Supreme Court because it addresses just one of many policy making actions by the ATF that has effectively changed definitions that were enshrined into law by US congressional, law-making bodies.

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