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    Supreme Court rebuffs bid to expand legal protections for gun silencers

    Lawrence Hurley
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a bid to widen legal protections for gun silencers in a case involving two Kansas men convicted for failing to register the devices as required by federal law, as the justices again sidestepped a chance to rule on the scope of the right to bear arms. FILE PHOTO: SilencerCo CEO Joshua Waldron shows guns with suppressors in West Valley City, Utah February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/File Photo
    The justices declined to hear appeals by the two men, Shane Cox and Jeremy Kettler, and left in place their convictions in cases brought by federal prosecutors. The men had asked the court to decide whether silencers - muzzle attachments that suppress the sound of a gunshot - are covered by the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, which protects the right to keep and bear arms.

    The court’s action came in the aftermath of a May 31 mass shooting in the Virginia coastal city of Virginia Beach in which a gunman who killed 12 people used weapons including a handgun equipped with a silencer.

    President Donald Trump, a Republican with a close relationship to the National Rifle Association pro-gun lobby, said in an interview aired on June 5 that he does not like silencers and would be open to considering banning the devices. His administration this year imposed a ban on “bump stock” attachments that enable semi-automatic weapons to be fired rapidly, with the Supreme Court in March permitting the policy to take effect.

    Kettler and Cox were prosecuted together in 2014 after Kettler purchased a silencer from Cox’s military surplus store in Chanute, Kansas. Both were prosecuted under a federal law called the National Firearms Act, which requires registration of certain firearms, with silencers included in a list of covered items along with grenades, machine guns and bombs.

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    Cox was convicted of possessing an unregistered silencer as well as an unregistered short-barreled rifle and transferring unregistered silencers. Kettler was convicted of possessing an unregistered silencer.

    The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld both men’s convictions last year, prompting them to appeal to the Supreme Court.

    In January, the Supreme Court agreed to hear its biggest gun rights case since 2010, taking up a challenge to New York City’s strict limits on handgun owners transporting their firearms outside the home.

    New York officials are considering revising the measure, which may lead to the Supreme Court case becoming moot before the justices hear arguments in their next term, which begins in October.

    The court in recent years has been reluctant to take up gun cases and has yet to decide whether the Second Amendment protects a right to carry guns in public, a question left unanswered in its two most recent gun-related decisions.

    #2
    I'm not surprised and fully expected it, our boy Kavanaugh has publicly stated that he supports the unconstitutional machine gun ban which implies that the full NFA is kosher. The "tradition" and "common use" language used in heller was a hidden trojan horse to keep infringing on the 2A. Our win was only a temporary delay to never ending gun bans/arbitrary regulations at the federal and state levels.

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      #3
      These guys were outside the box.... they took a chance ..they lost.... while I commend the State's efforts ...it's similar to the jeopardy some States have put on certain citizens . that have legalized marijuana statewide ...while it remains unlawful under federal statutes ..

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        #4
        I love to shoot...What you say?? Please speak up im deaf..

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          #5
          Gee, we had a mass shooting a week before this in Va with a suppressor. Coincidence?
          Take a young person shooting.... Take 2 or more if you can...

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            #6
            Originally posted by NRATC53 View Post
            Gee, we had a mass shooting a week before this in Va with a suppressor. Coincidence?
            And the shooter was a Gubment employee, Hmmmm.
            I looked up suppressors and crimes. Almost all the crimes are for simply having one. in a 10 year time frame there were 15 crimes where the criminal used a gun with a suppressor.
            "Get a Dog. Cause Cats Are For Bitches!"

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              #7
              I figured this would happen.

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