Thursday, February 12, 2015

Federal Judge Strikes Down Interstate Handgun Transfer Ban



In a ruling issued today, a Federal judge has declared that the longstanding ban on gun dealers selling handguns to residents in different states is not only unconstitutional under the Second Amendment, but also violates other fair trade provisions of the United States Constitution. The full decision is available here, but from what I can tell this looks to be a major win for the Citizen’s Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Louis Bonham, one of TTAG’s consulting lawyers, wrote the following analysis of the ruling:

The suit was brought by a Texas gun dealer, two District of Columbia residents, and the Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. In what appears to have been a test case, the DC residents wished to purchase a handgun from the Texas dealer, but federal law prohibited them from doing so without having the Texas dealer ship the gun to DC’s only FFL, who would have charged them a $125 transfer fee.


  1. An interesting argument, and quite logical. In other words, they didn't have any good reason why handgun sales shouldn't be treated the same as rifle and shotgun sales. And the National Instant Check System contributed in helping to decide that the law is unconstitutional. Another expansion of individual rights.....

  2. Now that's what I call common sense and honesty.

  3. Another step in the correct direction.