A federal appeals court has overruled a lower-court ruling that blocked the U.S. Department of Justice from putting new restrictions on gun purchases by people with concealed-carry licenses, siding with the Trump administration’s position in a suit involving California and Maryland residents who challenged an Obama-era regulation requiring them to show proof they had specific types of training before getting their permit to carry firearms for self defense.
The “mask mandate appeal timeline” is a blog post from the Justice Department that says that they are appealing the ruling of the court in favor of the CDC. The department says that the mandate remains necessary for public health.
The Justice Department has filed an appeal in an attempt to overturn a judge’s recent decision to repeal the nation’s public transportation mask rule. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had encouraged the department to appeal the ruling, saying the rule “remains vital for public health” in a statement released Wednesday.
The CDC said, “CDC continues to urge that persons use masks in all indoor public transit situations.” “The protection of our nation’s public health is the CDC’s top concern. As previously said, masks are particularly useful in busy or poorly ventilated areas, such as the transit corridor.”
The Justice Department said Tuesday that it would only appeal U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle’s ruling if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated the requirement was still essential. “In light of today’s assessment by the CDC that an order requiring masking in the transportation corridor remains necessary to protect the public health, the Department has filed a notice of appeal in Health Freedom Defense Fund, Inc., et al., v. Biden, et al.,” Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement Wednesday.
Mizelle overturned the CDC’s demand for flights and other forms of public transportation on Monday, stating that the regulation exceeded the power of US health regulators. The Transportation Security Administration said that it will no longer enforce the rule as a result of the incident.
The judge’s judgment came only days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended the mask requirement by two weeks, giving researchers additional time to analyze the Omicron subvariant BA.2.
The reaction to the decision, however, has been mixed. Some places, such as New York City and Philadelphia, continue to demand masks in airports and on public transit, while others, like as Houston and Atlanta, do not. Even airlines now have their own masking policies, albeit most generally state that masks are optional for customers. Masks are no longer needed on trains or at stations, according to Amtrak.
According to The Associated Press, when asked whether passengers should still wear masks on airlines, President Biden said, “That’s up to them.”
The CDC’s extension was the “proper” and “conservative” approach, according to Dr. Céline Gounder, an infectious disease specialist and editor-at-large for Kaiser Health News.
“This virus is known to mutate. In fact, it’s evolving at a breakneck speed “she said “After COVID, there will be further varieties and future pandemics. So I believe that depriving ourselves of a necessary tool and toolbox is a terrible notion.”
Reporting was given by Victoria Albert and Robert Legare.
Reardon, Sophie is a News Editor at CBS News. Reach her at [email protected]
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