GOA/GOF Fund Challenge to NFA in U.S. Supreme Court

“The arguments presented by GOA and GOF cut to the heart of the National Firearms Act.” – GOA’s Erich Pratt

Jeremy Kettler, who is a disabled combat veteran
Jeremy Kettler, who is a disabled combat veteran

Springfield, VA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Gun Owners of America (GOA) and its legal arm, Gun Owners Foundation (GOF), this week continued their defense of Jeremy Kettler, who is a disabled combat veteran. GOA/GOF submitted a petition for writ of certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Kettler, after he was convicted for violating the National Firearms Act (NFA).

The Obama Justice Department brought criminal felony charges against Kettler for illegally possessing an unregistered firearm suppressor, despite the fact that Kansas’ “Second Amendment Protection Act” protected his actions.

GOA and GOF have stood with Kettler, both in his appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and now in the U.S. Supreme Court.

GOA’s executive director, Erich Pratt, stated, “It’s time to challenge the NFA, which has long been a leviathan of unconstitutional gun control. GOA/GOF is not only proud to defend one of our nation’s disabled veterans, but also to potentially deal a significant blow to the NFA.”

GOA/GOF arguments challenge the legitimacy of the NFA as a so-called “tax,” challenge the absurd notion that the Second Amendment only applies to “bearable arms,” and raise concerns that the NFA is a tax on a constitutionally-protected right.

“GOA/GOF have stood for the right to own ‘bearable arms’ of all types, and firearms accessories as well — including suppressors and machineguns,” Pratt stated. “The arguments presented by GOA/GOF cut to the heart of the National Firearms Act.”

GOA/GOF urge the Supreme Court to take up this case and put an end to lower courts ignoring the Heller and McDonald decisions.

“Jeremy Kettler’s petition presents solid, well-argued questions important to all gun owners, and we hope the Court will grant certiorari to decide them,” Pratt concluded.

For more information, please see here. And to read GOA’s petition for certiorari see here.


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  • 30 thoughts on “GOA/GOF Fund Challenge to NFA in U.S. Supreme Court

    1. Shitting on the NRA is exactly what fellow dems want you to do. I’m goin to renew my NRA membership (I myself have been on the fence about it) and join the GOA. I think what the GOA is doing is remarkable and I hope the NRA has enough sense to follow suit. We’re all just pissed off over bumpstocks (myself as much as anyone else). But if the NRA doesn’t support TRUMP he will 100% be a 1 term president and any dem will be worse. Thanks guys/gals for reading. I hope it helps at least one of you realize the repercussions of not being on the side of the NRA. Not asking you to like or accept what they did but maybe to understand why they did. Again thanks.

    2. The Second Amendment is protected by the First Amendment and vice-versa. Think about that a bit. I have not seen an analysis about that in this argument about unalienable gun rights or the absolute need for border control. The right of self protection (of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness) gives all American citizens the right to secure borders (even by means of the Second Amendment) to preserve OUR rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness “ against those criminals who enter our country illegally and do, or try to do, us harm.

    3. We Kansan’s knew there would some day be a challenge to our law that says what is made in Kansas, and stays in Kansas, is exempt from the feds. When Mr. Kettler was given probation, for what could have been $10K fine and ten years in prison, I was praying for this very challenge. I now pray for the SCOTUS to hear this. If they do, I believe the nfa, gca, etc. will either be eliminated, or re-written. Hopefully it’s the first.
      God bless America, and all law abiding gun owners

    4. Yup. the Constitution enumerates NO authority to FedGov over Alcohol, Tobacco, OR firearms.
      Simple and straightforward. Abolish the eehtire outfit, Any authority they do have might be relative to import/export, so put those responsibioities under Treasury, the Dept that messes with tariffs and duties.

    5. Meanwhile, crickets chirp at the NRA. They can’t be bothered with helping gun owners restore the rights that the NRA negotiated away so long ago!!

      The NRA’s short answer would be BFYTW, to gun owners. That’s why I won’t give them a single red cent!

    6. “Shall Not be Infringed” , seems so obvious and up front, why is it even open for debate?? Any law that “Infringes” is Null and Void. Seems simple to me!

      1. Exactly, Raymond!
        Only problem is, “common sense” is under new legislation. “Words” don’t actually mean what WE were taught ! Everything has a different definition!
        I can’t wait for the new “Funk-n-Wagnels” Dictionary so I can learn the NEW language of the land.

    7. Article VI: Supremacy Clause. Pay special attention the the second paragraph –>

      “All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.

      This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

      The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

      1. @OV, Once again you see with clarity. Our parents’ generation was known as the “Greatest Generation” because they endured many hardships to ensure our liberty from the threat of European National Socialism. Kettler v. USA is our generation’s opportunity to throw off the Unconstitutional bonds forged by our very own Congress and President. We have a once in a three generation opportunity to rebel against our oppressors, without spilling a drop of blood. Let us smash our current oppressors in the forehead with the hammer of Kettler v. USA.
        Send your NRA donation to the GOA!
        And regards to Sammy.

      1. You use the word fact so often, yet you can’t provide sources for the numerous (most likely false) claims you wrote about in your article.

        Now you’re attacking other gun rights organizations…. what happened to you’re united front? It’s okay to divide people so long as it’s you and the NRA doing the division.

      2. Dbm: I fail to see what the article you referenced has to do with the “fact” that law abiding citizens shouldn’t be taxed to simply own something that is a firearms accessory. This is long overdue for repeal, as are all firearms laws, for a couple of important (again) facts, 1. they violate inherent Rights and attempt to turn them into privileges and 2. they don’t work.

      3. “I think we should have a $200 cell phone tax for phones that connect to the internet.”
        You can still own the cellphone- but only if it was made before a specific date and you pay $200 and pass a background check for responsible social media use. 120 day waiting periods may apply.

        No really- thats how dumb support for tax stamps is.
        Oh an incase you think I’m being just off the wall stupid- I’d like to point out more people die everyday to texting and driving than to gun violence in America. so…

    8. God Bless Kettler, God Bless GOA, God Bless Kansas!

      Here’s a serious question to be asked; If the Federal Government is declaring Supremacy (as they should), how is that it doesn’t apply to “Arms that Shall Not be Infringed?”

      The NFA and GCA should be thrown out on those merits alone.

      1. @Greg K, GOA/GOF’s work in Kettler v. USA is a really big chance for us gun owners. I an writing out a contribution check as soon as I finish this missive. I hope that all of you patriots out there will also contribute what you can.
        Now if Granny Ginzberg would only contribute her seat on the S. Ct.

      2. @All Patriots, Ammoland claim that 30,000 of us tune in to this site. If we each contributed $10, we could fund this thing. Smash Soros, Bloomberg, and all the big money gun grabbers from 1933 to the present right between the eyes for the price of a mere ten bucks.

    9. Long story short, B.A.T.F. is operating ILLEGALLY , its very creation is suspect and was done by side stepping Congress. ( See link for the curious history of these ” Revenue Agents ” )
      NO JURISDICTION — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, has no venue or jurisdiction within the borders of any of the 50 States of the united States of America, except in pursuit of an importer of contraband alcohol, tobacco, or firearms, who failed to pay the TAX on those items. As proof, refer to the July 30, 1993 ruling of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1 F.3d 1511; 1993 U.S. App. Lexis 19747, where the court ruled in United States v. D.J. Vollmer & Co. that “the B.A.T.F. has jurisdiction over the first sale of a firearm imported to the country, but they don’t have jurisdiction over subsequent sales.”

      http://usa-the-republic.com/revenue/BATF-IRS%20Criminal%20Report.html#tgotm

    10. Meanwhile NRA employs shills to convince people giving up their rights is a strategically good moves, and pushes for legislation that allows government agents to take your firearms, ignoring due process, right to face accuser, illegal seizure, right to keep and bear arms, and in sure i’m Missing a few.

      Shills who can’t answer simple question.

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