Gun Owners Defending Suppressors in Court

Erich Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America

ERICH PRATT, GUN OWNERS OF AMERICA

What a nightmare.  Our nation is still suffering the consequences of eight years of Obama gun control.
During most of 2017, Gun Owners Foundation — the legal arm of GOA — has been working to defend Jeremy Kettler, a combat veteran, against criminal charges brought against him by the Obama Justice Department.
The charges?  Kettler bought a suppressor (silencer) under the protection of the Kansas “Second Amendment Protection Act.”
In the next few weeks, Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) needs to file a reply brief in the 10th Circuit, and oral argument will be held later in the year.  To complete its important work on this case, GOF needs your financial help now.
Jeremy’s case is quite well known, but if you are not familiar with it, you will understand why we devoted significant resources to defending Jeremy as soon as you hear about him.
It is well known that very few states have the courage to defend the Second Amendment against the federal government.
In recent years, Kansas was one of the few states to stand up, courageously enacting the Kansas Second Amendment Protection Act, known as “SAPA.”
However, after that bill was signed, Obama Attorney General Eric “Fast-and-Furious” Holder wrote a scathing rebuke to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, trying to intimidate Kansas and put the state “in its place.”
The Kansas law, SAPA, states that if a firearm (along with ammo and accessories) is manufactured in Kansas and never leaves Kansas, then it is not governed by federal law — only state law.  SAPA even went so far as to make it a felony for the feds to enforce federal law against a Kansas firearm protected by SAPA.
Unfortunately for Jeremy Kettler, he believed the Kansas legislature.
Soon after SAPA was passed, Jeremy visited a local gun store.  There, he was shown a copy of SAPA, and he acquired a suppressor that had been made pursuant to SAPA.
Like Jeremy, many gun owners in Kansas believed that SAPA allowed a Kansas-made suppressor to be purchased without registration.  Believing he had done nothing wrong, Jeremy posted about his new suppressor on Facebook and YouTube.
What happened then?  ATF agents swarmed into Kansas and arrested him.  Their mission was clear — make an example of Jeremy before SAPA could gain steam in Kansas, and before other states would follow its lead.
Although SAPA was supposed to be “protection” for Kansans, in reality it turned out to be a trap.
The Kansas state government — full of tough talk when enacting SAPA — largely abandoned Jeremy when the cards were down.
Although Kansas has made some filings in Jeremy’s case defending SAPA, the State Government largely stood by and allowed the federal government to turn Jeremy into a convicted felon.
Gun Owners Foundation stepped forward to defend Jeremy, working together with the United States Justice Foundation.  We have appealed Jeremy’s case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, where the case is now pending.
Jeremy had no intent to violate federal law — in fact, everyone agreed that he thought he was following the law.  But the federal prosecutors could care less — they wanted to make an example of him.
Gun Owners Foundation must continue to defend Jeremy and those like him.  Our next brief is due in the coming days, and after that there will be oral argument, and maybe even Supreme Court review in the future.  The costs of defending Jeremy are adding up quickly.
We need your help to pry gun owners like Jeremy loose from the tentacles of the Obama Administration, which still have their hold on Jeremy.
We must not let Jeremy — a decorated combat veteran who was simply trying to follow the law — go undefended.

By following state law, Jeremy Kettler, a veteran who has served to defend our country, has been charged with violating federal law.   Now, the ATF wants to make an example of him, having him declared a felon, and warning other states that they have no right to defend their citizens against infringements of the Second Amendment by the federal government.  Gun Owners Foundation needs your tax-deductible contribution now to defend Jeremy Kettler and the Second Amendment.


Used with the permission of Gun Owners of America.


Erich Pratt is Executive Director of Gun Owners of America.