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Pax­ton Joins Let­ter Urg­ing Sen­ate to Reject Biden Nom­i­nee for ATF Head

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multistate letter urging the United States Senate to oppose President Biden’s nominee for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Steven Dettelbach.

June 21, 2022 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Joins Ami­cus in Sup­port of Gun Own­ers of Amer­i­ca Chal­leng­ing ATF’s Final Rule

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined an amicus brief co-led by Montana and West Virginia calling for the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in Gun Owners of America v. Garland, which upheld the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF’s) Final Rule on bump stocks. Bump stocks are accessories that allow most semi-automatic firearms to shoot more than one shot with a single pull of the trigger.

April 08, 2022 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Sues Bureau of Alco­hol, Tobac­co, Firearms and Explo­sives for Unlaw­ful­ly Pro­hibit­ing Firearm Silencers in Texas 

Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives seeking to stop the enforcement of federal regulations regarding firearm suppressors made in Texas.

February 24, 2022 | Press Release

Pax­ton Joins Mul­ti­state Coali­tion to Pro­tect Sec­ond Amend­ment Rights

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multistate coalition in filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court that opposes Maryland’s unconstitutional ban on certain firearms, including any semi-automatic centerfire rifle with a detachable magazine that has at least two of a folding stock, a grenade or flare launcher, or a flash suppressor.

January 27, 2022 | Noteworthy

Pax­ton Joins Coali­tion to Stop the ATF from Infring­ing on Sec­ond Amend­ment Rights

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multistate coalition that filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court, seeking to stop the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from re-interpreting federal statutes in order to declare that owning or using a “bump stock” turns a semi-automatic rifle into a machine gun.

September 09, 2021 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Joins Mul­ti­state Coali­tion Demand­ing Pro­tec­tion of the Right to Bear Arms

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multistate amicus brief demanding that the U.S. Supreme Court uphold Hawaiians’ Second Amendment rights to bear arms outside their homes.

July 01, 2021 | Press Release

Pax­ton Joins Mul­ti­state Coali­tion Defend­ing Con­sti­tu­tion­al Use of Mod­ern Rifles’

Attorney General Paxton joined a multistate coalition defending the Second Amendment and demanding the San Francisco-based United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit strike down California’s Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act of 1989 (AWCA) in the case of Miller v. Bonta.

June 23, 2021 | Press Release

Pax­ton Defends Sec­ond Amend­ment, Firearms With Over 10-Capac­i­ty Magazines

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a coalition of 24 states urging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a New Jersey law that violates the Second Amendment by banning firearms with magazines that hold more than 10 bullets

June 03, 2021 | Noteworthy