Volume 22 | December 01, 2021
LSA Monthly Update
A Monthly Electronic Newsletter from the Louisiana Shooting Association, Inc.
"The importance of common-sense decisions such as Judge Richardson’s cannot be over-stated."
Fourth Circuit Court Rules that Ban on Handgun Sales to Young Adults is Unconstitutional
A ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals declaring the ban on handgun sales to young adults in the 18-20-year age group to be unconstitutional is a monumental victory for Second Amendment rights. (Read the Opinion from Judge Julius N. Richardson here).

Judge Richardson, writing for the majority, observed, “Looking through this historical lens to the text and structure of the Constitution reveals that 18- to 20-year-olds have Second Amendment rights. Virtually every other constitutional right applies whatever the age. Our nation’s most cherished constitutional rights vest no later than 18. And the Second Amendment is no different.”

"We have this ridiculous system now where nominees shut up and don't say anything that might signal what they really think."
— Tom Goldstein, Legal Analyst
The Next ATF Chief Nominee
Recent ATF nominee David Chipman doesn't hold his tongue. Chipman not only supports extensive new gun control regulations, but also made those views extremely public. He recently hosted an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit filled with anti-gun comments, appeared on a podcast to criticize gun owners and the NRA, and lobbied for at least two well-known gun control groups.

After months of contentious debate and a seemingly unending string of gaffes that made their way into the public eye, President Biden announced his withdrawal of the nomination after Sen. Angus King of Maine and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia refused to back Chipman.

Why was Chipman nominated in the first place? As Sen. Mitch McConnell put it, “Absurd that a vocal opponent of Americans' constitutional rights was ever picked to run [the] ATF.” While there is no clear consensus, it is safe to say political nominations often work the same way that politics in general work. They frequently involve trade-offs, compromise, and political “thank yous.” Some may recall that former President Donald Trump proposed a nominee for federal judge who had practiced law for only three years and had never tried a case, and who was unanimously rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association’s judicial rating committee.

As gun owners, we may get tired of hearing this, but the time for vigilance is now. The next nominee to head the ATF will almost certainly not have the same public track record as Chipman but will very likely share many of his views. Contact your senators, and know that the LSA will keep you informed.

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