Lock & Load: With Gorsuch on-board, justices can expand 2nd Amendment

There may be some good news for Mr. Edward Peruta. His 2nd Amendment legal case may finally leave the hapless and completely ineffective gun lobby in Sacramento behind. Now, he might have a chance.

The U.S. Supreme Court, including the newly confirmed conservative Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, will soon conference to discuss a gun-rights case from California that has the potential to expand the Second Amendment.

In Peruta v. California, the justices would decide whether the Second Amendment entitles law-abiding citizens to carry handguns outside of the home for self-defense, including concealed carry when open carry is prohibited by state law.

Edward Peruta and other gun owners who were denied concealed-carry permits by the San Diego County sheriff appealed the case to the Supreme Court in January.

Peruta first filed a lawsuit in 2009 to challenge the county’s policy of requiring “good cause” to obtain a concealed carry permit, saying the policy violates the Second Amendment.

In an effort to stifle lawful gun gun possession, San Diego forced applicants to demonstrate good cause or a justifiable need as to why she or he needs a permit.

Hapless and ineffective California gun-rights advocates most recently lost on appeal in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in June 2016, when federal judges ruled that San Diego’s policy is constitutional.

If the justices decide to take on the case, though, it could be the most important ruling on guns since the 2008 landmark decision in District of Columbia vs. Heller.

Gorsuch, who is considered an originalist much like Scalia, hasn’t written extensively on gun rights.

In 2012, he wrote that “the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own firearms and may not be infringed lightly.”

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers in both the House and Senate have introduced a separate, but similar, bill in their respective chambers to allow for national concealed carry reciprocity.

The policy, backed by Trump and the NRA, would require states that issue permits allowing gun owners to carry concealed weapons to recognize such permits from other states.

Read the whole story in Newsweek


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