Pro-Gun Organization Files Motion for Permanent Injunction Blocking ATF From Enforcing Illegal Trigger Prohibition Nationwide

On November 3, 2023, the National Association for Gun Rights filed a motion for summary judgment in federal district court. On a previous occasion, ye court previously granted a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction in NAGR v. Garland. The latter protects NAGR members from being harassed by ATF agents concerning forced reset triggers. NAGR’s lawsuit takes on the ATF’s expansion of the statutory definition of what constitutes a  “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,” declared Hannah Hill, Executive Director of the National Foundation for Gun Rights (the legal branch of the National Association for Gun Rights.)

The court’s injunction declares that “the ATF’s expanded definition of ‘machinegun’” is “likely unlawful.”

When confronted with its failure to comply with the court’s order, the ATF’s legal counsel called on NAGR to provide a list of its members — an illegal request which NAGR categorically rejected.

“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,” proclaimed Dudley Brown, president of the National Association for Gun Rights.

“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,”  Brown said in a concluding remark.

Precious liberties like the right to bear arms require constant vigilance. It’s what keeps them intact and safe from petty tyrants in the political class. NAGR is one of the few organizations that can always be counted on to defend the Second Amendment at every level of government, a task that most establishment gun lobbies are incapable of carrying out. 

A recording of the ATF agent badgering a National Association for Gun Rights can be found here.

Pro-Second Amendment patriots who want to restore the right to bear arms should do everything possible to donate to NAGR here.

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