Personal Freedoms

published : 2023-10-19

Supreme Court Blocks 'Ghost Gun' Sales, Upholding Biden's Regulations

In a closely divided vote, the Supreme Court allows Biden administration's actions

Image: A group of justices sitting in the U.S. Supreme Court, deliberating over the 'ghost gun' regulations. [Taken with Nikon D850]

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Tuesday, upholding the Biden administration's regulations on 'ghost guns'.

The decision allows the enforcement of a 2022 federal regulation against Blackhawk Manufacturing and Defense Distributed.

Conservative Justices John Roberts and Amy Coney Barrett joined the three liberal justices in voting in favor of the regulations.

The Supreme Court lifted a previous injunction by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, which barred the enforcement of the regulation.

These regulations are aimed at curbing the sale and production of 'ghost guns', which can be assembled from kits at home.

Image: Close-up of a 'ghost gun' kit, with various unfinished firearm parts laid out on a workbench. [Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV]

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) issued the rule to address concerns over untraceable and potentially dangerous firearms.

Under the regulation, 'buy build shoot' kits that allow individuals to obtain unfinished firearm parts without background checks or serial numbers are banned.

The definition of a firearm under federal law has been expanded to include unfinished parts, improving tracking and oversight.

Sellers must now conduct background checks on purchasers before completing a sale.

The Biden administration argues that these regulations are necessary to prevent the proliferation of untraceable guns.

Image: Demonstrators outside the Supreme Court holding signs in support of gun control measures. [Taken with Sony Alpha a7 III]

Local law enforcement agencies have already seized over 19,000 ghost guns in 2021, according to the Justice Department.

Plaintiffs, including parts manufacturers and gun rights groups, filed a suit to block the rule.

While the administration appeals the ruling, the regulation will remain in effect.

The case may eventually reach the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court for a final decision.