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The Supreme Court Won’t Decide If The Second Amendment Covers ‘Silencers’

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The Supreme Court rejected two cases challenging federal regulation of gun suppressors Monday, days after one such accessory was used in a massacre that left…
The Supreme Court rejected two cases challenging federal regulation of gun suppressors Monday, days after one such accessory was used in a massacre that left 12 dead in a Virginia Beach municipal building.
Suppressors, which are commonly referred to as “silencers,” are tightly regulated under the 1937 National Firearms Act (NFA).
Both cases arose from the same transaction in Kansas when a disabled veteran called Jeremy Kettler purchased a silencer at Shane Cox’s military surplus store. Silencers must be registered with federal authorities and are subject to a $200 excise tax pursuant to the NFA. Kettler and Cox failed to comply with those requirements, so they were charged and convicted in federal court of selling and possessing unregistered suppressors. Both men received probation.

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