The ATF has been harassing members of the gun rights organization
Washington, D.C.- The National Association for Gun Rights filed a motion today for summary judgment in federal district court. The court previously granted a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction in NAGR v. Garland. The latter protects NAGR members from being harassed by the ATF over forced reset triggers. NAGR’s lawsuit challenges the ATF’s expansion of the statutory definition of “machinegun.”
“Despite the court ruling, the ATF continues to contact NAGR members, informing them falsely that their triggers are machine guns, threatening them with criminal penalties, and demanding the ‘voluntary surrender’ of their lawfully possessed triggers,” said Hannah Hill, Executive Director of the National Foundation for Gun Rights (legal arm of the National Association for Gun Rights.)
The court’s injunction states that “the ATF’s expanded definition of ‘machinegun’” is “likely unlawful.”
When confronted with their failure to obey the court’s order, the ATF’s legal team demanded NAGR’s member list – an unlawful demand which was rejected by NAGR.
“Today, we presented evidence of the ATF’s repeated defiance of the court ruling to the judge and asked for summary judgment in our favor. Our motion for summary judgment asks for a permanent injunction blocking the ATF from enforcing its unlawful trigger ban nationwide,” said Dudley Brown, president of the National Association for Gun Rights.
Recording of the ATF harassing a National Association for Gun Rights member may be found here: ATF Recording
“We told the judge what so many of our members already know from painful first-hand experience: The ATF has no interest in following the law and zero respect for due process, property rights, and the Second Amendment. It’s time for the court to end this unlawful rampage for good and to protect every law-abiding citizen from the ATF, member or no, because Second Amendment rights should not depend on your status as a card-carrying member of an organization,” said Brown.
A copy of the motion may be found here: http://gunrightsfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/Summary-Judgment-Memorandum.pdf
The National Association for Gun Rights is the nation’s largest “no compromise” pro-gun organization, with 4.5 million members nationwide.