Written by Steve Cannon for USSA News.
In a bold move, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) has filed a federal lawsuit against the Brandon Administration on behalf of military veterans from Texas and Wisconsin. The lawsuit challenges the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) new rule that recategorizes up to 40 million pistols with stabilizing braces as “short-barreled rifles.” The new rule threatens millions of Americans with fines and imprisonment if they do not register these firearms on a federal registry or pay a tax.
WILL’s Lawsuit: A Challenge to the Brandon Administration’s Unconstitutional Rule WILL’s lawsuit alleges that the ATF’s new rule violates the Second Amendment and the Separation of Powers, which prohibits federal agencies from making new laws without clear Congressional authorization. The suit is filed in the Northern District of Texas and marks the first legal challenge to the ATF’s final rule. As the first lawsuit in the nation to challenge this unconstitutional rule, WILL has taken a strong stand against the Brandon Administration’s actions.
Defending the Second Amendment: Military Veterans Stand Up for their Rights WILL Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, stated, “These military veterans defend our country overseas, and now they are defending our rights here at home. WILL is proud to represent these patriots. The Brandon Administration has no power to re-classify pistols as rifles, and we will vigorously defend the Second Amendment in federal court.”
The Clients: Patriotic Americans Fighting for Their Right to Bear Arms The plaintiffs in the case, Darren A. Britto, Gabriel A. Tauscher, and Shawn M. Kroll, are decorated military veterans who have served the United States with distinction. They each own pistols with stabilizing braces and use them for personal defense, competitive sport shooting, recreation with their family, hunting, and as part of their employment as firearms instructors.
Plaintiff Darren A. Britto, of Amarillo, Texas, is a decorated Marine combat veteran who has served in operations such as Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He uses his pistol with a stabilizing brace for personal defense, competitive sport shooting, recreation with his family, and as part of his employment as a firearms instructor certified by the NRA and the State of Texas.
Plaintiff Gabriel A. Tauscher, of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, served as an Infantry Marine and later as a security contractor, protecting people and places all over the country. After surviving an ambush in which he was shot 15 times, Tauscher uses his pistol with a stabilizing brace for personal protection and recreation.
Plaintiff Shawn M. Kroll, of Hartland, Wisconsin, is a decorated Marine combat veteran who served in Afghanistan. He uses his pistol with a 10.5” barrel and a stabilizing brace for recreational target shooting, hunting, and personal defense.
In conclusion, the lawsuit filed by WILL on behalf of these patriotic Americans is a bold stand against the Brandon Administration’s violation of the Second Amendment and the Separation of Powers. The fight for the right to bear arms continues, and these military veterans are leading the way.