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Steve Halbrook: 10th Circuit Rules on NFA, Second Amendment and Taxes

Complex Issues Yields Bad Result

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The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in Cox v. United States that the National Firearms Act of 1934, which requires the registration of certain firearms, is a constitutional exercise of the government's power to tax. It determines that short-barrelled rifles and suppressors are not protected by the Second Amendment. Nor does Kansas’s Second Amendment Protection Act apply. Attorney and scholar Steve Halbrook says it's a series of complex issues and not a good outcome. Cox was convicted of making and marketing unregistered firearms. Kettler was convicted because of an unregistered suppressor. Kettler argued his prosecution resulted from the dispute between Kansas and the federal government over its law. Steve says there should have been a more detailed and honest breakdown of the Second Amendment issues. Originally aired on Cam & Co 10/17/18.