In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is allowing the Biden administration to regulate firearms known as “ghost guns.”
Ghost guns are firearms that come from kits sold online and assembled at home.
The controversial weapons present an issue for law enforcement because of how difficult they are to track.
The three liberal justices on the court were joined by the two conservative justices, Amy Coney Barrett and John Roberts.
Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez (D) commended the ruling, stating "Great news coming out of the Supreme Court. When I get to the Senate, I will support regulations over untraceable ghost guns. Regulating these firearms is just one way we can protect Americans from gun violence.”
Great news coming out of the Supreme Court.
When I get to the Senate, I will support regulations over untraceable ghost guns.
Regulating these firearms is just one way we can protect Americans from gun violence. https://t.co/3Jvc2XVi87
— Senator Roland Gutierrez (@RolandForTexas) August 8, 2023
Sen. Gutierrez has been a highly outspoken advocate for stricter gun legislation.
“Gun violence is the leading cause of death for children in America. Our young kids are dying in schools nationwide because politicians refuse to change gun laws,” said the state senator in a previous statement.
Though there has been bipartisan support for new gun legislation, there has been pushback from Republican lawmakers as well.
“The so-called ‘grown-ups’ need to listen to their kids right now. The officers sworn to protect them chose to cower in fear. The Republican Legislature that makes the law is doing nothing,” stated the Texan politician.
Sen. Gutierrez recently announced his campaign for senator of Texas.
“Ted Cruz abandoned Texas long before he left us to die in the winter storm. Uvalde happened because Republicans neglected the systems in this state that are supposed to keep us safe.”
“I’m running for Senate to fight back against the systems that have left so many Texans behind.”
“I know just about every mile marker on this road. In these small towns, I see my family. Our love for Texas. But with every mile that passes, I’m filled with sorrow, anger, but also hope and resilience.”
The Texas representative began to discuss the tragic Uvalde massacre in which a shooter killed 19 children and two adults.
“Where I’m going, I’ve seen horrors you couldn’t imagine. And that’s at the end of this drive in a community that has been through unthinkable pain, where I find my strength.”
“It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve lived the American dream. My parents were immigrants to this country. My mother died before my first birthday. Through God’s grace, he put another woman in my path that would be Mom.”
Speaking of his parents’ life lessons, Guiterrez said, “They taught us if you believe in something, you work for it. That’s why I went into law and public service.”
Gun laws continue to be a popular issue for voters, with many politicians advocating for stricter rules for firearms, including ghost guns.