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US Supreme Court rejects revival of law aimed at federal gun restrictions, says Reuters.

US Supreme Court Declines to Revive Missouri Law on Federal Gun Curbs

Supreme Court Rejects Missouri Law Nullifying Federal Gun Restrictions

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to revive a Missouri law that aimed to block state and local officials from enforcing certain federal gun restrictions. The law, known as the Second Amendment Preservation Act, claimed to nullify these restrictions as they were deemed to violate the firearms rights protected by the Second Amendment of the Constitution. However, the court’s decision upholds a federal judge’s ruling that invalidated the Missouri law.

Biden Administration Prevails in Lawsuit Against Missouri

The Biden administration filed a lawsuit in 2022 to block the Second Amendment Preservation Act. The administration argued that the law violated the “supremacy clause” of the Constitution, which establishes federal law as superior to conflicting state laws. According to the administration, the law interfered with federal firearms regulations and undermined public safety. The Supreme Court sided with the administration, refusing to revive the Missouri law.

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Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas Dissents

Justice Clarence Thomas, a conservative member of the Supreme Court, expressed his support for reinstating the Missouri law. However, the majority of the court decided against it, handing a victory to the Biden administration.

Implications of the Missouri Law

The Second Amendment Preservation Act declared certain federal regulations on taxes, firearm sales, and gun possession invalid under the claim of infringing on Second Amendment rights. The law imposed fines on state and local officials who knowingly enforced these federal gun laws, as determined by the Republican-controlled state legislature. Supporters of the law argued that it protected citizens’ rights, while critics contended that it jeopardized public safety.

Supremacy Clause and Federal Firearms Regulations

The Biden administration argued that the Missouri law violated the supremacy clause by conflicting with federal firearms regulations. U.S. District Judge Brian Wimes ruled in March that the law exposed citizens to greater harm by impeding the federal government’s ability to enforce lawful firearms regulations designed to protect citizens. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to halt the judge’s ruling, leading Missouri officials to seek relief from the Supreme Court.

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The Debate Over Gun Rights and Firearms Restrictions

Gun rights and firearms restrictions remain a contentious issue in the United States. President Joe Biden and many Democrats support stricter firearms regulations, while most Republicans oppose them. The Supreme Court, with its conservative majority, has issued significant rulings affirming Second Amendment rights. In 2022, the court ruled for the first time that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense.

Upcoming Gun Case Before the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is set to hear a major gun case this term, examining whether a federal law that prohibits individuals under domestic-violence restraining orders from possessing firearms violates the Second Amendment. The arguments are scheduled for November 7. This case will further shape the interpretation and application of gun rights in the United States.

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