One Step Ahead

Interstate Commerce.
Interstate Commerce.

Well, well, well:  Federal Judge Strikes Down Federal Interstate Handgun Transfer Ban.  Excerpt:

In a major victory today for Second Amendment advocates, Judge Reed O’Connor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division, declared the federal interstate handgun transfer ban to be unconstitutional.

“The federal interstate handgun transfer ban is unique compared to other firearms restrictions because it does not target certain people (such as felons or the mentally ill), conduct (such as carrying firearms into government buildings or schools), or distinctions among certain classes of firearms (such as fully automatic weapons or magazine capacity). Instead,” Judge O’Connor wrote in Mance v. Holder, “the federal interstate handgun transfer ban targets the entire national market of handgun sales and directly burdens law-abiding, responsible citizens who seek to complete otherwise lawful transactions for handguns.”

It defies reason to understand what good this interstate ban did, especially in this modern age of instant (or mostly so) background checks.  Sure, laws on gun ownership differ from state to state, but it is already the responsibility of the dealer to comply with the laws of the jurisdiction where the purchaser lives.

Smiling BearTraveling has its costs.  When on the road in the States I never pass a gun shop, as you never know what oddball treasure you might find; but until now, I haven’t bothered looking in the handgun cases, because I couldn’t buy one (C&R weapons aside) except in my own Colorado.  Once this decision is signed, sealed and delivered, I will have reason to check out those handgun cases.

This is a decision with much upside and no down.  Striking down stupid laws is a Good Thing.