Case challenging interstate handgun purchase bans appealed to SCOTUS
By Chris Eger
A long-running challenge to the federal law prohibiting handgun sales to out-of-state residents has been docketed with the nation’s highest court.
The legal challenge came from a Washington, D.C. couple — Andrew and Tracey Hanson — who tried to buy handguns from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Texas but could not due to federal law adopted in the 1960s. Together with FFL holder Frederic Mance, the couple joined with gun rights advocates of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in taking the government on, arguing that since the advent of federal background check systems the law makes little sense.
“The ban on interstate handgun sales was adopted decades ago, prior to the advent of the National Instant Check System that is now in place,” said Alan Gottlieb, CCRKBA chair. “The Hansons have essentially been denied the ability to legally purchase a handgun from a licensed retailer because of this prohibition.”
Lower courts have disagreed with that concept, holding that handguns often have additional regulatory pitfalls in many states, and that gun dealers cannot be expected to be familiar with the law used in distant areas.
First filed in a Fort Worth federal court in 2014, court documents show