Legal case aims to protect gun rights for U.S. citizens overseas

Chris Eger for reports:

A federal appeals court breathed new life into a case challenging the ban on gun sales to Americans living abroad.

The case, Dearth v. Lynch, takes up the argument of Canadian resident Stephen Dearth that was ruled against previously by a U.S. District Court.

Dearth, a natural born U.S. citizen who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and has no stateside residence is unable to acquire firearms as he cannot answer question 13 on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Form 4473, which asks, “What is your State of residence?”

Therefore, on two visits to the U.S. in 2006 and 2007 Dearth was refused the opportunity to purchase firearms….

“A statute that prevents a law-abiding citizen from exercising his or her Second Amendment rights while back on U.S. soil, no matter where they happen to be living, needs to be challenged,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb in a statement.

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