The federal ban on sale of handguns outside of a person’s state of residence does not violate the Second Amendment, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a legal brief.

Federally licensed firearms dealer Frederic Russell Mance Jr. of Texas, and gun buyers Tracey and Andrew Hanson of Washington, D.C., sued Holder and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director B. Todd Jones in Federal Court in July.

They claimed the federal ban stops the formation of a national handgun market, “reduces competition, raises prices and limits consumer choices.”

The plaintiffs claimed citizens are allowed to purchase rifles and shotguns across state lines under federal law so long as the sales comply with laws of the seller’s and purchaser’s states.

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