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Attorney General Leads 20-State Push Against Unlawful Rewrite of Federal Gun Laws

August 21st, 2021 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich led a 20-state coalition in arguing against the Biden administration’s proposed regulation of firearm parts. The attorneys general contend a proposed rule set forth by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives exceeds authority granted to the bureau under the Gun Control Act of 1968.  
The public comments, filed Thursday, give particular attention to the proposal’s expanded definition of a receiver, the already heavily regulated part of a firearm that houses its firing mechanism. The attorneys general argue many parts manufacturers could be put out of business as the rule would grant ATF unconstitutionally unrestrained discretion over which parts are subject to the regulation.