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Judge Strikes Down NRA-Favoring Gun Laws

With a single stroke of his pen, the Trump administration will likely have the strongest gun laws in the country for many years to come, thanks to a decision by a U.S. judge.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema made the proclamation on Tuesday, striking down gun laws that were passed in response to the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October 2018. This included requiring background checks for all firearms purchases, and delaying purchase of all long guns for one year.

The reasoning behind Judge Brinkema’s ruling was that the government “did not create a federal constitutional right to own or possess a gun in the home” and the law “the government enacted here is unconstitutional,” according to a press release by S. Ryan Martin, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which worked on a lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department.

The lawsuit was filed by a group of concerned gun owners, including the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, following the tragic shooting in Pittsburgh that left 11 people dead. It was also filed after a 19-year-old with an app that helped spread gun violence was killed by a police officer in Los Angeles. These two incidents, coupled with the other mass shootings across the country, prompted many people to push for stricter gun laws.

The lawsuit sought to establish the Second Amendment right of all Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability, to possess firearms in the home for self-defense and at sports events, but it was rejected by the federal government.

We’re confident the Second Amendment ruling will end this unnecessary federal law.

— ACLU National (@ACLU) October 30, 2018

During a hearing in June, the DOJ argued that any prohibition on guns was up to the local community and lawmakers, and that the law on long guns would have no impact on gun sales. The judge then struck down the law on gun purchases and referred the case to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. On Tuesday, Judge Brinkema ruled against the Justice Department again, saying that the rules related to gun sales infringed on the Second Amendment.

The government could still appeal the ruling, and that could delay the outcome of the case. While the federal government did not immediately respond to the ruling, the Connecticut AG and top officials from the NAACP, NRA, and the U.S. Constitution Center said the decision meant many Americans would now be able to carry guns in their homes with far less restrictions.

— ACLU National (@ACLU) October 30, 2018

Below is video that includes highlights from Judge Brinkema’s ruling.