Written by Ashton Snyder on
 April 19, 2024

Nevada's Highest Court Supports Ban On Unmarked Firearms

The legal landscape surrounding firearms in Nevada took a decisive turn this week.

The Nevada Supreme Court has reinstated a state mandate against "ghost guns," emphasizing the need for serial numbers on all firearm parts.

Breitbart News reported that in 2021, a lower court judge in Lyon County found the state's prohibition on these unserialized firearms ambiguous and unenforceable. This ruling, however, has now been overturned.

Details on the Supreme Court's Decision

The Nevada Supreme Court delivered a unanimous verdict to uphold the ban, concluding that the initial interpretation of the law as too vague was incorrect.

"Ghost guns" refers to firearms assembled from kits, which usually lack serial numbers, making them hard to trace. Lyon County District Judge John Schlegelmilch initially contested the clarity of the law's language, triggering the state's appeal.

Nevada-based Polymer80, which manufactures gun parts, also criticized the law's definitions, arguing they were not adequately clear.

Chief Justice Clarifies the Legislation

Chief Justice Lydia Stiglich, representing the majority, clarified that the law specifically targets the assembly and possession of firearms intended to stay untraceable due to the absence of serial numbers.

She further added that legislative terms could be broad yet still clear, supporting the law's enforcement. "The statutes here only regulate conduct involving an object that is intended to ultimately become a firearm," she stated. "Words can be ‘generic and broad’ without being vague," the Chief Justice explained.

Implications of the Supreme Court's Ruling

The decision has significant implications for gun regulation in Nevada, as it reinstates the ban on possessing, buying, or transferring firearm parts that lack serial numbers.

This ruling directly affects manufacturers and enthusiasts who engage in the assembly of such firearms.

With the Supreme Court's decision, the law prohibiting these actions now takes full effect, reinforcing Nevada's commitment to regulating firearm safety and traceability.

The debate surrounding "ghost guns" has been contentious, reflecting wider national concerns over gun control and public safety. This decision marks a critical point in Nevada's approach to addressing these modern challenges in gun regulation.

In closing, the Nevada Supreme Court's ruling reinstates a crucial state law designed to combat the spread of untraceable firearms. It underscores the importance of clarity in legislation and the role of the judiciary in interpreting these laws.

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