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A federal judge dealt another blow to the Biden administration and Democrats in general, who are working to limit Americans’ access to and right to keep and bear firearms.
Florida-based U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, a Trump nominee, ruled that prohibiting lawful gun owners from carrying a firearm inside a post office is unconstitutional under a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling from 2022.
As part of her ruling, she dismissed a portion of an indictment that accused postal worker Emmanuel Ayala of unlawfully possessing a firearm in a federal building. She contended that this criminal charge infringed upon Ayala’s Second Amendment rights, Just the News reported.
“The Supreme Court has been clear: the government must point to historical principles that would permit it to prohibit firearms possession in post offices,” wrote Mizelle.
“The United States fails to meet that burden,” she concluded.
President Joe Biden has previously ripped into lawful gun owners and called for banning an entire class of firearms.
In remarks to a reporter, Biden lashed out at all Americans who own “semi-automatic” guns, which, according to published data, amount to more than half of all firearms in private hands.
During a press event in Nantucket, Mass., Biden specifically referenced the shooting in Colorado Springs, Colo., where a self-described “non-binary” gunman killed five patrons and wounded nearly 20 others at Club Q, a hot spot for the gay and lesbian community.
“The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick,” Biden said. “Just sick. It has no socially redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.”
Another reporter went on to ask the president if he thought he could make any progress on new gun control laws when Republicans take control of the House in January, responding that he would have to take stock of votes first.
“I’m going to try,” Biden said. “I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons.”
The president was blasted over his remarks for his overly generalized statement regarding firearms and the tens of millions of Americans who own them.
“So essentially all guns are on the Big Guy’s chopping block,” Hollywood actor James Woods tweeted, though it was later deleted.
Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said that Biden was “maligning most gun owners” and added that Americans rejected recent gun control proposals floated by outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Missouri’s 4th congressional district U.S. Representative-elect Mark Alford called Biden’s stance on gun laws “sheer ignorance,” going on to cite an article noting that semi-automatic weapons make up 50 percent of all gun sales in America.
In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court strengthened the Second Amendment’s individual right to keep and bear arms by striking down a concealed carry law in New York state that a majority of justices viewed as unconstitutionally restrictive. And in October of that year, the Biden administration lost another case in federal court regarding the right.
According to reports, U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin in Charleston, W. Va., ruled that a federal ban on guns without a serial number or with a serial number removed is unconstitutional in the first such ruling since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld broader gun rights in a June ruling.
Goodwin ruled that the ban was inconsistent with the United States’ “historical tradition of firearm regulation,” which is a new standard for deciding Second Amendment cases that the Supreme Court laid out over the summer, Reuters reported, adding:
The decision came in a criminal case charging a man, Randy Price, with illegally possessing a gun with the serial number removed that was found in his car. The judge dismissed that charge, though Price is still charged with illegally possessing the gun after being convicted of previous felonies.