U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor has declared that a U.S. ban on the interstate sales of handguns by federal firearms dealers to buyers from other states violates the U.S. Constitution in a ruling in Mance vs. Holder issued Wednesday.
Of particular long-term importance in Mance is that Judge O’Connor set the precedent of using the standard of strict scrutiny in his ruling. That is the most strict level of judicial review. O’Connor stated that the federal attorneys failed to establish a compelling government interest for the ban, and that the law was not narrowly tailored to achieve that goal.
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