This Is The Beginning Of The End Of The National Firearms Act

By Mike Fishmore | May 8, 2024

Federal statute

The groundbreaking Supreme Court ruling in Bruen v. United States contested restrictive gun laws in New York, which is leading to a significant shift. 

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The focus now shifts to the longstanding federal statute known as the National Firearms Act (NFA). At the core of Paxton v. Dettlebach is a challenge to a Texas law that upholds state sovereignty concerning suppressor regulation. 

State jurisdiction

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Enshrined in Texas Government Code 2.052(a), this law declares that suppressors produced and possessed within the state are exempt from NFA oversight. However, this assertion of state jurisdiction has sparked a legal confrontation with the federal authorities, culminating in a lawsuit that has now advanced to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.