From the Attorneys Stamboulieh and Ward:

Watson v. Lynch, et al

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

In a similar case to Hollis v. Lynch, et al., the Watson case was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on November 14, 2014. The facts in Watson are similar to Hollis in that Watson filed a Form 1 to make a machinegun which was subsequently approved and revoked by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“BATFE.”) What is different is that Watson actually made his BATFE-approved machinegun. After the BATFE revoked Watson’s tax stamp, he was forced to surrender the machinegun under protest and then immediately filed his lawsuit.

The parties fully briefed the government’s Motion to Dismiss or in the Alternative for Summary Judgment. On July 22, 2015, the district court granted in part, and denied in part, the government’s motion, finding that Watson had standing to bring his complaint, but dismissing his constitutional challenge to the machinegun ban and the National Firearms Act.

This case was appealed to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on August 1, 2015 and we are currently waiting for a briefing schedule to issue from the Court.