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VanDerStok v Garland - ATF definition of unfinished firearms


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On October 10, 2023 at 09:56 PM, Euler said:
On October 5, the government appealed the injunctions issued by the district court to the US Supreme Court shadow docket.

On October 6, Justice Alito stayed the injunctions until 5pm October 16 and ordered the VanDerStok plaintiffs to respond by October 11.

Although Alito's decision is not on the shadow docket as I write this, it's in a Miscellaneous Order. On October 16, Alito stayed the preliminary injunctions.

The case itself is still with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

On September 7, 2023 at 03:50 PM, Euler said:
On September 7, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on the appeal of the vacatur previously issued by the district court. (mp3 audio) Panel judges were Willett, Engelhardt, and Oldham.
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On 10/27/2023 at 6:24 PM, Euler said:

On October 24, Tactical Machining withdrew its motion for a preliminary injunction, probably because Alito stayed the other ones on October 16.


Today, Tactical Machining sent out the following email, announcing that they are exiting the business of building 80% lowers:


Dear Valued Customer,
We hope this email finds you in good health and high spirits. Today, we are reaching out to express our deepest gratitude for your unwavering support over the past 15 years. Your loyalty and trust have meant the world to us, and it has been an incredible journey serving you all.
However, we have some bittersweet news to share. As of this moment, once our current stock runs out, we will not be manufacturing any more of our beloved products. This decision was not made lightly and comes with a heavy heart.
The reason behind this difficult choice is the challenging landscape created by unconstitutional laws being enforced by the current administration. We've fought long and hard to continue our mission, but unfortunately, the obstacles have become insurmountable, and we must regrettably bow out.
This is a tough moment for us, as we have always strived to provide you with the best products and services. We want to assure you that this decision is not a reflection of our dedication to you, our cherished customers. We've cherished every interaction, every partnership, and every opportunity to serve you.
We want to take this moment to thank you sincerely for the trust you've placed in us, for the feedback that helped us improve, and for the memories we've created together over these 15 incredible years. Your loyalty has been the fuel that powered us through both the highs and lows.
While this chapter may be coming to a close, we are still here to support you and address any questions or concerns you might have during this transition. We have started another company manufacturing gearboxes for trailer jacks, a product that we invented. These will be sold at www.trailergearbox.com, so we will still be around, just not in the firearm parts business.  Feel free to reach out to our dedicated customer service team at Sales@tacticalmachining.com or 386-490-4464.
In conclusion, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of this incredible journey with us. We are deeply grateful for your support, and we will forever cherish the relationships we've built over the years.
Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors, and we hope our paths cross again someday.

With warm regards and heartfelt thanks,
Tactical Machining


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Hmm, I had a thought, so I double-checked.

On January 5, the district court ordered the defendants to notify the court if/when they intended to file a petition for ceriorari (or seek any other sort of review by the US Supreme Court).

Defendants filed their cert petition today. They did not file a notice with the district court (yet?).
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