How Trump Judges Are Undermining

Gun Safety

Although not in the majority, in Mance v. Sessions, Trump Fifth Circuit judges James Ho, Don Willett, Kyle Duncan, and Kurt Engelhardt voted to reconsider a decision upholding a federal gun law that allows states to establish and enforce their own gun laws.

In Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, Inc. v. Attorney General of New Jersey, Trump Third Circuit judge Stephanos Bibas dissented in a case upholding a ban on large capacity magazines.

In Kanter v. Barr, Trump Seventh Circuit judge Amy Coney Barrett dissented from a decision holding a federal law restricting felons’ gun rights was constitutional as applied to a felon convicted of mail fraud. The two Reagan appointees in the majority pointed out that Barrett’s position conflicted with every appellate court that has addressed the issue.

In Maryland Shall Issue, Inc. v, Hogan, Trump Fourth Circuit judge Julius N. Richardson dissented and would have ruled that Maryland’s ban on bump stocks and other devices that allow for rapid-fire of firearms is unconstitutional. The ban was passed in response to a wave of deadly mass shootings across the U.S.


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