SCOTUS Reverses Chevron Deference, Empowers Courts Over Agencies By: Larry Z

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July 1, 2024 Larry Z

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Big news out of Washington last Friday!

The U.S. Supreme Court, with a push from Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the Gun Owners Foundation (GOF), delivered a decision that has legal experts buzzing.

The court officially overturned the Chevron Deference, a legal precedent that had given federal agencies the upper hand in interpreting ambiguous laws for the past forty years.

The case, Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, is now famous for changing the rules. Instead of agencies having the final say when laws aren’t clear, the courts will take over that role.

Chief Justice Roberts clarified in his opinion, saying, “agencies have no special competence in resolving statutory ambiguities. Courts do.”

GOA and GOF didn’t just watch from the sidelines; they were active participants, arguing that Chevron was constitutionally flawed because it mixed legislative and judicial powers within executive agencies.

Their stance found significant backing in the court’s ruling.

Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, expressed his satisfaction with the decision.

“For four decades, presidents of both parties weaponized the wide authority given to them by Chevron Deference – and gun owners were commonly the victim,” said Pratt.

Pratt highlighted how this deference supported the Trump-era Bump Stock Ban and aided the Biden Administration in its expansive rewrite of federal gun control laws.

“Laws are written by our elected representatives, not unelected bureaucrats,” he stated, applauding the restoration of constitutional balance.

Sam Paredes, speaking for the GOF board, also welcomed the ruling, noting its potential to strengthen their position in numerous ongoing legal competitions.

This decision, along with the Bruen ruling from two years ago, provides what Paredes described as the “thunder and lightning” needed to combat the “aggressive anti-gun agenda of the rogue Biden Administration.”

Last Friday’s decision marks a significant shift in how federal regulations will be interpreted and challenged, setting a new legal precedent that will likely affect a wide range of future regulatory actions.

Keep an eye on how this unfolds; the ramifications are just beginning to take shape!

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