Case at Supreme Court challenges legitimacy of the National Firearms Act
By Chris Eger
Kettler was found guilty on one count of purchasing the unregistered suppressor and faced an as much as 10 years in prison over his resulting failure to pay a $200 tax to federal regulators. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
The appeal to the country’s high court of a Kansas man found guilty of an NFA violation aims to “cut to the heart of the National Firearms Act.”
Jeremy Kettler in 2017 was found guilty of violating federal laws concerning the manufacturing and selling of suppressors and was given a year’s probation on a single count of possession of an unregistered NFA item. With the conviction upheld on appeal to the 10th U.S. Circuit last October, Kettler is now pursuing his case with the help of a gun rights group, to the Supreme Court.
“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,” said Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America and its Gun Owners Foundation legal arm, who is supporting the continued appeal.
The 46-page petition to the high court argues that the NFA, which was adopted in 1934, is unconstitutional and that it is, in essence, a money-losing tax