- The National Association of Gun Rights (NAGR) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) are pursuing legal action to secure injunctions against the ATF's pistol brace rule.
- NAGR has teamed up with the Wisconsin Institute of Law and Liberty and the Texas Gun Rights organization to file a lawsuit in Texas, seeking a nationwide injunction and injunctive relief for all NAGR members.
- The NRA aims to join the ongoing lawsuit filed by the Second Amendment Foundation against the ATF, with the goal of obtaining preliminary and permanent injunctive relief for law-abiding NRA members.
- The inclusion of NAGR and the NRA in these legal battles could have significant implications for millions of gun owners.
- Oral arguments for Mock v. Garland, a case challenging the ATF's rule, are scheduled for June 29th, potentially shaping the litigation surrounding the pistol brace rule.
- The pursuit of injunctive relief demonstrates the commitment of these organizations to protect the Second Amendment rights of their members and challenge what they perceive as unconstitutional rule-making by the ATF.
In recent months, the controversy surrounding the ATF's pistol brace rule has been the center of attention for gun rights organizations and their members. While three major organizations have already obtained injunctive relief for their members, questions have arisen about the inclusion of other groups and their potential for protection against the rule. This article delves into the possibility of an injunction on the ATF's pistol brace rule for two prominent organizations that have yet to receive injunctive relief: the National Association of Gun Rights (NAGR) and the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Previous Injunctions on the Pistol Brace Rule
Before discussing the potential injunctions for NAGR and the NRA, it is important to understand the current landscape. Three lawsuits have already resulted in injunctive relief for certain groups. The first case, Mock v. Garland, granted injunctive relief for all members of the Firearms Policy Coalition. The second case, Texas v. ATF, enjoined all members of Gun Owners of America and employees of the State of Texas from the pistol brace rule. Lastly, the Second Amendment Foundation v. ATF lawsuit provided injunctive relief for all members of the Second Amendment Foundation.
The National Association of Gun Rights (NAGR)
NAGR is a respected organization that has been actively advocating for Second Amendment rights across the United States. Despite its notable efforts, NAGR has not yet been granted injunctive relief for its members. However, the organization, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Institute of Law and Liberty and the Texas Gun Rights organization, has filed a new lawsuit in Texas against Merrick Garland and the ATF. They seek a nationwide injunction and injunctive relief specifically for all members of NAGR.
Dudley Brown, the public spokesperson for NAGR, expressed concern over the ATF's rule and stated that legal action is necessary to restore the rights of their members. The Wisconsin Institute of Law and Liberty also voiced their support for the lawsuit, emphasizing that the ATF's rule violates the separation of powers and constitutional rights. Chris McNutt, the president of the Texas Gun Rights organization, criticized the ATF's abuse of power and highlighted the unconstitutionality of their actions.
The National Rifle Association (NRA)
As the largest and most influential gun rights organization in the United States, the NRA's absence from the list of organizations receiving injunctive relief has been noticeable. The NRA previously filed a lawsuit in North Dakota against the pistol brace rule, but the case has faced challenges and has yet to gain traction or secure injunctive relief.
In a different approach, the NRA seeks to join the Second Amendment Foundation's lawsuit against the ATF. Alan Gottlieb, president of the Second Amendment Foundation, welcomed the NRA's request to join the lawsuit. The NRA aims to obtain preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, restraining the ATF from enforcing the criteria for firearms with attached stabilizing braces against law-abiding NRA members.
Potential Implications and Future Developments
The addition of NAGR and the NRA to the ongoing legal battles against the pistol brace rule could have significant implications for millions of gun owners. NAGR's new lawsuit in Texas and the NRA's attempt to join the Second Amendment Foundation's lawsuit provide hope for their respective members who have been eager to receive injunctive relief.
It is important to note that oral arguments for Mock v. Garland are already scheduled for June 29th in the Fifth Circuit, which could be a crucial turning point in challenging the constitutionality of the ATF's rule.
The controversy surrounding the ATF's pistol brace rule continues to evolve, with multiple organizations and their members seeking injunctive relief to protect their Second Amendment rights. While NAGR and the NRA have not yet received