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Old 07-31-2018, 06:33 PM
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The link is the new opinion of the 5th Circuit on a case involving the permitting of reasonable restrictions on 2nd Amendment rights.

http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions...-10311-CV2.pdf

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I wouldn't have thought that there was any doubt that the requirement of interstate sales of handguns through FFLs to FFLs was a permissible restriction on the RKBA but, apparently, some residents of the District of Columbia (the site of the Heller decision) found it too oppressive to pay the ONLY FLL in the District his $125 transfer fee so they drove to Texas to purchase their handguns directly from a Texas FFL.

Oops.

Long drive for nothing - and what did that drive cost, anyway, never mind the time involved!
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$500+ in gas and motel bills to save $125. Real intelligent, even if it was legal. Idiots!

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I think they did it with every intention of going to court. It wasn't about the ,it was about the law.
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...a $125 FFL fee plus shipping starts to approach the $200 tax imposed on NFA firearms...which...of course...was intended as a disincentive to the sales of those firearms...

...I know the $64 I paid on my last $437 GB purchase put it over the $500 dollar limit I really wanted to pay...definitely a disincentive...
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I personally think the law is ridiculous. If I pass the background check in Montana, I will pass it in Ohio. Just what is this law supposed to accomplish anyway?
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The guys who filed this suit did it to test the limits and see if they could push back this particular restriction on interstate handgun sales. They had a reasonable argument. After all, they won initially at the trial level in Federal District Court. Then they lost after the Justice Department appealed to the Fifth Circuit.

I'd like to see a case where the prohibition against non-FFLs sending handguns through the USPS to out of state FFLs is challenged. So long as I present a copy of the receiving FFL's license and the weapon is shipped to the licensee at the address listed on that license, why should I have to go through an FFL to ship a handgun through USPS? Funny thing is, if I want to ship a handgun to an out of state FFL without going through a local FFL, I can do so right now provided I ship via common carrier, e.g., FedEX or UPS. They typically cost double the post office. And that's the point: the system is structured to restrict interstate commerce by raising costs, but only to certain people, and thus, raises equal protection concerns.
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I personally think the law is ridiculous. If I pass the background check in Montana, I will pass it in Ohio. Just what is this law supposed to accomplish anyway?
I put it in the unreasonable restriction category.
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...a $125 FFL fee plus shipping starts to approach the $200 tax imposed on NFA firearms...which...of course...was intended as a disincentive to the sales of those firearms...

...I know the $64 I paid on my last $437 GB purchase put it over the $500 dollar limit I really wanted to pay...definitely a disincentive...
There is another factor involved, and that is state and local sales taxes. Your $437 purchase, if made from a local dealer in an area with 7% sales tax, would have cost you $467, so the overall difference is much smaller.

I agree with other commenters that the object of such laws and regulations is primarily to discourage lawful firearms purchases.
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Old 08-01-2018, 02:39 PM
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I personally think the law is ridiculous. If I pass the background check in Montana, I will pass it in Ohio. Just what is this law supposed to accomplish anyway?
A great deal of the GCA of 1968 doesn't accomplish much.

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I think that is quite likely.

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I agree with other commenters that the object of such laws and regulations is primarily to discourage lawful firearms purchases
Every firearm law is designed for that purpose or to restrict use. The ultimate issue for the courts is always going to be whether the restriction is reasonable. Purists/extremists will always say nothing is reasonable. And so it goes.....

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The Constitution of the United States does not bow or take into consideration the revenue needs of the individual states.

The question, the only question, is if this is an unreasonable restriction on expression of Right enumerated in the Bill of Rights. I agree with Steelslayer that it is.

I haven't read the decision, so I don't know what the 5CA based it's opinion on. Maybe they used the ever flexible interstate commerce clause.

I expect that this will be appealed to SCOTUS, but I don't know if they'll grant cert. It will be interesting if they do, as the 5CA decision could well be overturned.

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There is another factor involved, and that is state and local sales taxes. Your $437 purchase, if made from a local dealer in an area with 7% sales tax, would have cost you $467, so the overall difference is much smaller.

I agree with other commenters that the object of such laws and regulations is primarily to discourage lawful firearms purchases.
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I can go to any state in the union and buy any car I want. I could have a 4 DUIs and a auto related negligent homicide and walk in and buy a brand new high horse power Corvette. No background check OR drivers license needed. Can't legally drive it, but can certainly buy it. Just need the money or credit. Who is going to stop me from getting behind the wheel. Yes, I may get arrested when I drive it. But, I can still buy.

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I wish I knew what SMDH means but I bet it's mean and funny.

Justice Antonin Scalia was a strict constructionist. That's as close to being a purist as one can hope for in a Supreme Court Justice. But he was neither an extremist nor an absolutist. In his words in the Heller case he left the door open for reasonable restrictions on the RKBA and he left the term undefined. Until the SCOTUS defines it or narrows its scope that term will be usable to cover a multiplicity of restrictions by local jurisdictions and certainly the Federal government. So the 1968 GCA remains the law of the land and the restrictions on interstate sales of firearms remains the law of the land. That's just the way it is. Presently. Nobody says we have to like it.

I get the car purchasing comparison but cars are not protected by the Constitution so restrictions on them or the lack thereof really makes no difference in a legal context. It is an apt comparison but for the laws that we live under not making it so.

Remember, there are reasonable restrictions on the right to assemble and the right to speak, as two examples, so it is very difficult for Second Amendment lawyers to argue that rights cannot ever be restricted "reasonably".
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One reasons the court gave for rejecting the argument (a non FFL being able to purchase a handgun from an FFL in a FTF purchase in another State) was that handgun laws locally are much more complex than longgun laws and restrictions.
Purchasing a longgun in this manner is allowed under current GCA as long as the laws of both states allow it.

The court decided that with so many local and state issued handgun permits of different types, local LE write-offs needed in some instances, certifications and re-certifications, waiting periods,ect,,
that it was impossible for the FFL selling the handgun to possibly know all of the laws and regs in the buyers home state to make sure the transfer was legal.

On another tangent,,the courts opinion stated that any delay incurred by having to have a handgun shipped from out of state to an FFL in the buyers home state for transfer to that buyer was trivial and not worth consideration in this case..
The wording they used was 'de minimis' (had to look that one up!)


There're other reasons the court gave for it's reasoning.
It's mostly about the NICS system being not as complete as it's sold as being.
Many State and Local regs are not in it and it's not as up to date as it should be. It's a FEDERAL background check. The court uses that as an argument in it's decision.

Certainly no lawyer here and not trying to pretend to be.
Just reading what's been written.

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