Upholding the conviction of an Alabama man for unlicensed interstate gun trafficking, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit acknowledged the novelty of his argument that he was shielded by the First Amendment’s prior restraint protection as well as the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.

That novelty was not enough to sway the judges, but the case—which involved the bitcoin sale of weapons on the dark web, a clandestine access-controlled section of internet—sparked noirish literary leanings in Judge Robin Rosenbaum, who authored the opinion.

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