Fort Worth, TX – Today in a United States District Court, Judge Reed O’Connor denied a request from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) for a stay in the case of National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) v. Garland. On October 7th, Judge O’Connor issued a preliminary injunction against the ATF’s enforcement of a ban on Forced Reset Triggers (FRTs) for members of NAGR. The ATF requested a stay. That argument was rejected.
In his ruling, Judge O’Connor states, “[The ATF’s] plea that the injunction interferes with Defendants’ ability to seize FRTs merits no sympathy.”
“Serves them right,” said Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “The ATF thinks that if they whine loud enough, they can simply ignore the court and continue imposing their trigger ban on gun owners. I’m thankful Judge O’Connor saw right through that charade.”
Judge O’Connor went on in his ruling to say, “… the Court previously determined in two separate orders that the ATF’s interpretation of ‘machinegun’ is very likely unlawful. [The ATF] have still not made any showing—let alone a strong showing—that this conclusion is incorrect. Simply rehashing arguments twice rejected does not eventually transform those points into a cognizable showing—let alone a strong showing—that [The ATF] are likely to succeed on the merits.”
“We are going to win this case, and I look forward to the Court’s final ruling when we can put the ATF down the shredder,” continued Brown.
The National Association for Gun Rights is waiting to hear from the Court on a summary judgement motion the ATF’s trigger ban permanently, halting the ATF’s FRT ban until the conclusion of the case. NAGR submitted that request on November 3rd.
“It’s clear the ATF will continue to harass our members, regardless of what the courts say, which is why we requested summary judgement earlier this month to prevent the ATF from enforcing their ridiculous ban on anyone,” concluded Brown.
The entirety of Judge O’Connor’s ruling can be read here: https://gunrightsfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/Doc-73-Order-on-Stay.pdf
The National Association for Gun Rights is the nation’s largest “no compromise” pro-gun organization, with 4.5 million members nationwide.