Press Release: ATF Smacked Down by SCOTUS for Abusing its Power

June 14, 2024

Weatherford, TX – In a pivotal decision underscoring the inviolability of the Second Amendment, the Supreme Court has rightly ruled against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) in Garland v. Cargill.

This ruling decisively ends the ATF’s attempt to classify bump stocks as machine guns under the National Firearms Act, marking a significant triumph for gun rights advocates and a rebuke of federal overreach.

Justice Gorsuch, writing for the majority, asserted “It is not the role of bureaucrats to rewrite the law. The ATF’s unilateral reclassification of bump stocks as machine guns was an overreach that cannot stand.”

“Today’s ruling is a monumental victory for the Second Amendment and a stern rebuke to the ATF’s reckless overreach” said Chris McNutt, President of Texas Gun Rights. “Although we won this battle, we know the ATF’s war on gun owners is far from over. TXGR will continue fighting to rein in and ultimately abolish this tyrannical agency.”

The ruling should have positive ramifications for TXGR’s ongoing lawsuit against the ATF over their forced reset trigger ban, and serves as a resounding blow to the ongoing efforts by anti-gun factions to incrementally erode Second Amendment protections through regulatory subterfuge.

Texas Gun Rights (TXGR) was established to defend and promote the Second Amendment rights of Texans. Over the years, TXGR has mobilized over 500,000 Texans in defense of the Second Amendment and has been instrumental in passing pro-gun legislation in the state. Our mission is to make Texas a place where gun owners can thrive without burdensome regulations and to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is preserved for future generations.

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