August 8, 2023 – In a 5-4 decision issued today, the Supreme Court is allowing ATF’s Final Rule aimed at regulating so-called ghost guns to remain in effect. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined the three liberal leaning justices in the majority, issuing a short order stating, “the application for stay presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is granted. The June 30, 2023 order and July 5, 2023 judgment of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, case No. 4:22-cv-691, insofar as they vacate the final rule of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 87 Fed. Reg. 24652 (April 26, 2022), are stayed pending the disposition of the appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and disposition of a petition for a writ of certiorari, if such a writ is timely sought.” This means the Final Rule will remain in effect until a final decision is rendered by either the Fifth Circuit or the Supreme Court.

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