Judge Blocks Biden’s Gun Show Rule in Four States

A Texas federal judge has expanded an injunction against President Joe Biden’s new rule intended to close the so-called gun show loophole, now blocking its enforcement in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Utah.

The rule, announced by Biden in April and set to take effect on May 20, redefines what it means to be “engaged in the business as a dealer in firearms.”

It aims to ensure that those selling guns online or at gun shows are licensed dealers conducting background checks on customers.

Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee, initially blocked the rule in Texas last month. As covered by the source upi

On Wednesday, he extended the injunction to the three additional states, siding with the plaintiffs who argued the rule-making process was violated and that it unfairly presumes guilt over innocence.

The plaintiffs, including four states and several gun owner associations, argued the new rule could impose civil or criminal penalties on previously lawful conduct.

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Kacsmaryk’s 21-page ruling supported this concern, stating the rule could lead to unjust penalties for firearm owners.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who led the coalition against the rule, celebrated the expanded injunction. “Biden’s unconstitutional rule cannot be enforced in Texas,” Paxton said. “I’m proud to fight and win for our Second Amendment rights.”

The Biden administration’s efforts to curb gun violence through tighter regulations face continued legal challenges, with this latest decision marking a significant setback.

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