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Tripoli Rocket Association, Inc. v. United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
2002 WL 33253171 (2002)
Aerotech, a manufacturer of ammonium perchlorate composite propellant (ACPC), wrote a letter to the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) (defendant) asking how its business would be affected by ATF laws. ATF sent a response letter saying that ACPC was an explosive and that any motor using more than 62.5 grams of ACPC would be banned under the Explosives Control Act. The Tripoli Rocketry Association (plaintiff) brought suit against ATF in federal district court, claiming that ATF had promulgated a new rule without notice-and-comment rulemaking, in violation of the Explosives Control Act.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Walton, J.)
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