GOA Reacts to SCOTUS Denial in Kettler NFA Case

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GOA Reacts to SCOTUS Denial in Kettler NFA Case

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Gun Owners of America today reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision to deny “cert” in Kettler v. U.S.—a case brought by GOA which was supported by eight state Attorneys General. Following the Court’s announcement, GOA Executive Director Erich Pratt issued the following statement:

“The decision by the Supreme Court to deny cert in the Kettlercase is deeply disappointing. Jeremy Kettler was a victim of Eric Holder’s Justice Department, who prosecuted a disabled veteran for a ‘crime’ where no one was hurt, injured or killed.

“The Obama Justice Department brought criminal felony charges against Kettler for illegally possessing an unregistered firearm suppressor that was made in Kansas and never left the state. Kettler was prosecuted despite the fact that Kansas’ ‘Second Amendment Protection Act’ protected his actions.

“Ironically, if Jeremy Kettler had been approved to purchase a gun in England, it would have been considered rude not to put a suppressor on it. Instead, Kettler incurred the wrath of the Obama administration which charged him with penalties that could have resulted in ten years in jail.

“We are certainly grateful that the Court has decided to hear another Second Amendment case—in NYSRP v. New York City, which is a case where GOA has submitted an amicus brief. But the Court has generally ignored the plight of gun owners for far too long, and good people are having their lives destroyed by victimless crimes which are being vigorously enforced by gun control zealots.

“President Trump’s interview last Wednesday on British television with Piers Morgan could not have come at a worse time for the Kettler petition. One of the most virulent anti-gun members of a generally anti-gun media, Morgan asked Trump for his view on suppressors, often called silencers, and Trump took the bait. Trump’s response was ‘I don’t like it.’ President Trump also said he would like to think about banning suppressors. GOA would oppose any such effort—whether it came through legislation or through actions from Trump’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

“In 2017, President Trump directed the ATF to ban bump stocks, and despite many years of rulings that properly found them to be unregulated under federal law, ATF did what they were told. This led to GOA filing suit to enjoin the bump stock regulations in a case now pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

“This President claims to be the most pro-gun president in history, but he needs to understand that he is deeply disappointing and demoralizing those who worked so hard to elect him. If every time a shooting occurs this President reacts emotionally to ban whatever weapon might have been used … there will be a never-ending series of threats to the Second Amendment.

“Sadly, it appears that the new additions to the U.S. Supreme Court have not brought about the changes for which the gun community was hoping. Regardless, Gun Owners ofAmerica is determined to fight all those who oppose gun rights at every step, and we will continue to challenge the NFA and bans on suppressors in Congress and in the courts.”


Gun Owners of AmericaErich Pratt, or another GOA spokesman, is available for interviews. Gun Owners of America is a nonprofit lobbying organization dedicated to protecting the right to keep and bear arms without compromise. GOA represents over 1.5 million members and activists. For more information, visit GOA's Newsroom.

  • 38 thoughts on “GOA Reacts to SCOTUS Denial in Kettler NFA Case

    1. Trump lost my vote and donation with his bump stock betrayal.
      I intend to cast a write-in vote for a dead skunk in both the primary and the national election.

    2. It’s funny how when the 1st and 2nd come into play, the 10th is forgotten. You know, the amendment that states that rights not protected by the Bill of Rights fall to the states and people to decide. I hear that it has been determined that suppressors aren’t firearms, therefore can’t be protected by the 2nd amendment. If that is the case, then as per the 10th amendment, Kansas law supercedes the “crime” judgement. Therefore no “crime” was committed, other than by that of the Osama administration for false imprisonment. And by the SCOTUS for failing to immediately step in to point out that the criminal judgment was unconstitutional.

      1. The SCOTUS has a bad habit of ignoring 2nd amendment issues. This failure is should be grounds for removal of the justices who “voted” against hearing these cases.

    3. I just sitting here waiting. I might be waiting for some socialist demonrat to get elected and completely shred the Constitution so a full blown revolution is started or, I could be waiting until I get old enough that life in prison just isn’t much of a deterrent anymore. Maybe when I’m 75 or so, I’ll convert my AR to full auto and make an illegal suppressor. Life in prison comes with free medical and dental care. So, what the hell?

    4. It is really sad that SCOTUS won’t hear this case. You would think with all the support behind it, they would at least hear it. I am beginning to think we haven’t improved this pillar of our Republic to the extent we wanted to . It is evident that lifetime appointments was a mistake and we are paying for it. Some of these black robed people are just there to draw a big paycheck rather than decide cases on a Constitutional basis. We can get ready to get slam dunked again.

      1. @Tcat, Don’t forget or term of good behavior. The founders knew what good behavior in a judge meant. Apparently modern people do not. Our republic’s system was designed by geniuses to be run by idiots. Unfortunately the founders did not know how illiterate and idiotic modern people would become.

    5. “….there will be a never-ending series of threats to the Second Amendment.” We have had “pro 2nd Amendment” presidents, control of Congress, and NOTHING beneficial to America’s gun owners has resulted, always genuflecting before the knee-jerk liberals!

      Let us surmise this is what has been going on regardless of which party, DemocRAT or, DemocRAT Lite, is in power! A constant struggle against the very “elected representatives” ‘We The Serfs’ put in office. The only hope of reigning in this over officious, out-of-control, bloated sow of a government is through a “Constitution of States” under Article 5 – many states are already on board, get your state involved. FAILING that ‘bloodless’ recovery of this government, ANARCHY, in the form stated by a long ago president, Thomas Jefferson, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants,” is sure to come!

      1. @Firewagon, That is a terrible idea. Once convened, Congress is in charge of the schedule, agenda, and who will participate. Do you trust those guys? Ya think the lobbyists won’t have an impact?

      2. Firewagon, currently congress makes laws that violate Article 1, secs, 8, 9 and 10. Actually, Sec. they refuse to enforce. They support the Article 4 Supremacy Clause when it when it supports restrictive legislation. and turn the other way when it subjugates the people. They have completely ignored the Bill of Rights at every turn.

        I ask you, if they are ignoring the very Amendments you want to change or add to, what possible Amendment will they adhere to?

    6. We need an organization that doesn’t adhere to laws that go against the constitution. That does not answer to thee dollar or congress or the president. Free people.

    7. I didn’t vote for Trump in the primaries but once he won the Republican nomination, there wasn’t much of a choice. Trump has made some bad decisions related to 2A but to imply that anyone should have voted for Hillary instead is just downright wrong…

        1. Although his bumpstock ban is a let down, Trump has done far more for this country than any ten Presidents or usurpers before him. I consider the bumpstock ban nothing but an inconvenience that really doesn’t affect any gun owners from owning guns, and gives us a chance, through the NRA, GOA, etc. to establish that these types of laws are unconstitutional. The suppressor issue isn’t a Trump creation and can and will likely be overturned once the SCOTUS makes the decision on the bumpstock issue.

          Trump will not get everything right, just as many of us are not always right on conservative or religious issues. We also don’t know if Trump did this for a reason, remember Trump is playing chess against a bunch of checker players and some of the things he does may not look good but have so far turned out for the good.

          No matter what, Trump is nothing but the calm before the storm. When Trump leaves office there is NO ONE close to his Ideology against the left that can replace him, definitely not Pence. If Trump succeeds in winning in 2020, we possibly have 4 years before this nation is turned over to the spawn of the antiChrist! The left effectively has five and a half years to figure out how to take complete control of this country, and they are more than half way there! We will not have a civil war part II, we will have a collapse and a fight for survival!

    8. There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”

    9. Sadly you people voted Trump into office on the premise that he would advance the rights of gun owners. What has he done, absolutely nothing. Articles here on “Ammoland.com” regularly criticize the so called anti-gunners and praise the current president as if he has advanced 2nd Amendment rights. His ban on bumpstocks and comments to Morgan show that he clearly does not care. You idiots have fallen for the “okie-doke” but will probably still vote for him in 2020.

      WAKE THE UP!!!

      1. Still better than the opposition. He might be an asshole but doing a better job than Obama(or hillary could have) his gun control points of late will get him a second term. 4 more years of crying whining “liberal” media calling for him to be impeached

      2. He’s still a better choice, even for 2A, than any of the communist traitors running on the D side of the house.

      3. Yes I voted for President Trump, and you can bet your ass I will vote for him again in 2020 !! Idiots like you that want to go back to the Obama bull Sh*t or just skip socialism, and go straight to communism !! You putrid, little pantywaist, cowardly democRAT !! You don’t have a clue, and if you aren’t careful someone might step on you !!

    10. Well there you go……State Sovereignty and Intrastate Commerce no longer have any legality……dead!

      Be interesting, just for conversation at this point, what the count was and who on the court was for or against cert!

      Hey Missouri, might as well scrap your proposed Firearm Protection Act, as like Kansas, meaningless!

      1. I knew three young men who were sentenced to three years in Federal Prison because they interfered with the Interstate Commerce Law. You see they robbed a chicken joint. The money they took would have been used to buy a product which was covered by interstate commerce; to wit, chicken. I didn’t believe him so I looked in his Central File. It was all true.

    11. Lot of gun owners like Trump because, well about now I don’t know exactly why. The man thinks with his a-hole. And what comes out of his mouth would embarrass a 5 year old. And don’t kid yourself, if he wins again he will think he should be king.

      1. And yet he’s still 100xs better than ANYONE else who ran, or that will be running in 2020! So your point is?

        I got news for you, we are seeing the collapse of this nation, because of the left. Trump is simply helping to slow down that collapse. Maybe the reason that Trump responds with comments that you feel would embarrass a 5 year old, but consider who he is addressing — It does no good to respond like a college professor when your attackers have barely mastered basic speech! Trump is playing chess, while the left is playing checkers.

    12. You are meeting the new Jim Crow face to face in this case. Federal reach used to be restricted by clear Constitutional principles like the commerce clause. Now, clauses mean nothing if you are the member of a vilified class. The logic used in Dred Scott is now the logic used against those who insist upon exercising natural rights. God help you if you don’t like being separate and get used to being not equal.

      1. Sir – I would have to wonder if you know what was at issue in Dred Scott v. Sandford and how it applies to this matter. Having read Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney’s majority (it was a 9-0 decision) opinion in the case, I’m of the opinion that he and the SCOTUS did EXACTLY what they were supposed to do, i.e., base their decision on the prevailing laws in effect at the time and the precedents decided by the SCOTUS prior to their deliberations. For them to have decided the matter in any other way would have been an egregious example of “legislating from the bench”, an anathema to our Constitutional principles. The question of slavery was eventually settled by a bloody civil war and the passage by the Congress of the United States of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, the proper venue and method to rid our country of a perfidious institution.

    13. Who has prepared for the certain eventuality that a Communist who has promised to ban and seize lawfully owned firearms will rise to power in the Federal Government and. successfully carry out their promise ? To surrender or Resist. In fact I believe Trump would take such action should, for example if terrorists killed hundreds using civilian AR- style rifles lawfully purchased and then converted to select fire, a crime in itself. Or built rifles from parts kits. We are one election or one more massacre away from draconian federal action. Trump has proven unfaithful to his largest base of suppport, the Defenders of the Second Amendment. Will the NRA collapse once again and support Trump should such an attack occurr ?

    14. Goo-ood bye
      Blu-ue sky
      Goo-ood bye
      Blu-uu-ue sky
      Goodbye
      ~Pink Floyd

      Get ’em while they got ’em.
      Feels like the pendulum’s swinging back to ratchet another click tighter.
      Next up: AR-15 style military style assault style weapons, and assault rifle guns.

    15. What we need is leadership and central organization. We need to replace the NRA by having all pro-2A organizations pool together their resources and collectively back a single implementable agenda.

      Reliance on a president alone wont work. Reliance on the courts alone wont work. Assassinating politicans alone wont work (and quite frankly is too merciful a move). We need to subject them to a fate worse than death by forcing them to live the rest of their lives as a complete failure unless they begin to take the 2A as seriously as we do.
      If we keep this current course, there will be enough Democrats AND Republicans to vote in an anti-2A Amendment. We NEED to regroup and counterattack.

    16. “Sadly, it appears that the new additions to the U.S. Supreme Court have not brought about the changes for which the gun community was hoping. Regardless, Gun Owners ofAmerica is determined to fight all those who oppose gun rights at every step, and we will continue to challenge the NFA and bans on suppressors in Congress and in the courts.”

      ALL the traitors and other assorted deep state swamp dwellers must be removed from their posts, tried, found guilty, sentenced TO DEATH, and immediately executed for their crimes. Until then NOTHING will ever change in the favor of the American Citizen Patriot. The wannabe tyrants will continue to erode our rights and freedoms unabated.

      1. Exactly!

        Trump makes one mistake, like the bumpstock ban, and immediately all of the good that he has done means nothing. I’m just curious who it is that all of these disgruntled bumpstock and suppressor owners are planning to vote for in 2020.

        1. I don’t own a bump stock or a suppressor and I may just sit this election out. There is an old saying: One “Ah shit” makes up for a whole lot of “Atta boys.” But, that’s me. You go ahead and do you.

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