A bit of a shocking ruling came down from the Supreme Court this week on the Second Amendment front.
VanDerStok v. Garland, No. 23-10718, has been working its way through the court.
The case was won at the lower court level, as well as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, yet, the Supreme Court has ruled the rule can stand, at least temporarily.
The case was brought to fight against ATF Final Rule 2021-05F.
This addresses what Democrats have been calling “ghost guns.”
The rule would require anyone wishing to purchase pistol frames to have to go through a background check, as the rule now considers these parts as firearms.
Chief Justice Roberts sided with the liberal justices on the court, as did Trump-appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
In the lower courts, Judge Reed O’Connor, a Bush appointee, stated, “Because Congress did not define ‘frame or receiver,’ the words receive their ordinary meaning.”
That decision was upheld by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, but the entire process is not complete.
Generally speaking, the court generally makes its ruling on a new law like this based on how it is leaning overall, at least in most cases that I have seen.
The fact the court is allowing a rule to remain in place that has been twice defeated tells me that Roberts and Barrett are about to deal the Second Amendment a fairly substantial blow.
If Democrats are able to have parts ruled as firearms, what will be next?