Supreme Court to Weigh Biden’s Crackdown on ‘Ghost Guns’

The Supreme Court has taken on the task of determining the legality of the Biden administration’s efforts to curb the sale of DIY “ghost gun” kits, marking a significant development in the ongoing debate over gun control.

Attorney General Merrick Garland’s 2022 regulation, which aimed to classify these kits as firearms, thereby subjecting them to background checks and restrictions, will now face scrutiny from the highest court in the land.

The decision to hear the case comes after the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction against the rule, raising questions about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ authority in regulating ghost guns.

Last August, in a narrow 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court granted the Biden administration permission to enforce the regulation while legal challenges persisted. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Amy Coney Barrett, alongside three liberal justices, supported the government’s request to proceed with the rule.

The court’s move to take up the case was widely anticipated, as only four justices are required to grant review, and the dissenting justices from last year’s emergency stay application could exercise that authority. However, the specific justices in favor of hearing the case remain undisclosed, as is customary.

Scheduled for argument in the fall, the ghost gun case is poised to elicit intense debate, with a decision likely to follow after the November presidential election. As the nation grapples with issues of gun violence and regulation, the Supreme Court’s deliberations on this matter will hold significant implications for firearm policy and public safety.

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