A Paramount 2nd Amendment Victory… Court Rules Against Eric Holder
This one is being called a paramount victory for our 2nd Amendment!
U. S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor has ruled that the federal law prohibiting handgun sales to out of state residents is in violation of both the 2nd And 5th Amendments.
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, with financial support from the Second Amendment Foundation, won this major ruling in the Mance vs. Holder case, first introduced in July of 2014 when Texas FFL Frederic Mance, Jr. was prohibited by federal law from selling a handgun to Andrew and Tracey Hanson of Washington, D.C.—despite the fact that Texas state law does not prohibit the interstate transaction.
Judge O’Connor concluded that “the federal interstate handgun transfer ban targets the entire national market of handgun sales and directly burdens law-abiding, responsible citizens who seek to complete otherwise lawful transactions for handguns.”
Noted gun-rights attorney Alan Gura—who represented the plaintiffs in this case—gave a straightforward statement that helps to break down the absurdity of the ban in the first place. As reported by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, he suggested:
“It is bizarre and irrational to destroy the national market for an item that Americans have a fundamental right to purchase. Americans would never tolerate a ban on the interstate sale of books or contraceptives. And Americans are free to buy rifles and shotguns outside their state of residence, so long as the dealers respect the laws of the buyer’s home state. We’re gratified that the Court agreed that handguns should be treated no differently.”
Of course, on the other end of O’Connor’s decision is Attorney General Eric Holder, whose office fought the lawsuit—and lost.
🙂 That… makes me smile.