In a joint lawsuit that has already seen a measure of success, the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) and Texas Gun Rights (TXGR) have pressed further against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Their attorneys have now filed a motion for summary judgment regarding the controversial ban of forced reset triggers (FRTs) by the ATF.
Previously, a federal judge had granted a preliminary injunction in the case. This critical step has, for the time being, shielded members of TXGR and NAGR from the enforcement of the ATF’s ban on FRTs.
For those unfamiliar with legal jargon, a summary judgment is akin to a legal shortcut. If granted, it would mean that the court believes there’s no need for a full-blown trial because the ATF’s stance on FRTs is unmistakably unlawful based solely on the law. In practical terms, a favorable summary judgment for TXGR and NAGR would firmly establish that FRTs shouldn’t be classified as “machineguns.” This would allow gun owners across America to use and possess FRTs without the looming shadow of federal prosecution.
Chris McNutt, President of Texas Gun Rights, expressed his views passionately: “It’s more than just hardware we’re talking about; it’s our fundamental rights. If we achieve a summary judgment, it’s a clear signal to every bureaucratic corner in this country: We won’t let our Second Amendment rights be trampled upon. We’ll stand our ground and ensure that the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution are honored.”
The outcome of the motion for summary judgment is keenly awaited by gun rights advocates and will undeniably have broad implications for the Second Amendment rights of Americans nationwide.