The infamously liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (AKA, the “Ninth Circus”) painted themselves into a constitutional corner recently when the full court overturned a three-judge panel and rendered the decision that denying a concealed-carry license does not violate Second Amendment rights.
As open carry is already illegal in California, the decision amounted to a statewide ban on carrying a weapon of any kind if you live in “may issue” counties where the chief law enforcement officer is opposed to issuing concealed carry permits.
A new case has been brought that argues that a ban on both concealed and open carry is blatantly unconstitutional, and that something has to give.
Gun-rights advocates filed a sweeping new legal challenge Wednesday to California’s open-carry restrictions — arguing a recent court decision effectively denies residents “their fundamental rights to bear arms” and contradicts a landmark Supreme Court ruling on the Second Amendment.
Plaintiffs say the case, Flanagan v. Harris, is a “direct response” to a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that preserved a California county sheriff’s restrictive policies on carrying a concealed weapon.
Considering the state’s additional restrictions on carrying a gun openly in public, plaintiffs argued in their new lawsuit that they have been “completely barred from exercising their right to bear arms—in any manner.”
The suit contends, “the Supreme Court has made clear that the right to bear arms cannot be completely foreclosed.”
The Ninth Circuit has put themselves in a tough position, and now Flanagan v. Harris is poised to become the “West Coast Heller.”
Will the court rule in favor of Flanagan?
Almost certainly not. Again, we’re talking about the notoriously liberal “Ninth Circus.”
But after the court rules in favor of the petty tyrants of California and Flanagan v. Harris is appealed to the United States Supreme Court, there’s a chance that SCOTUS will take the case and render a Heller-like verdict.
Or will they? Justice Antonin Scalia has passed on. The United States Supreme Court has an open seat. The President we elect in November will choose the judge to fill Scalia’s seat, and that new Justice will determine whether we still honor the Constitution as it is written, or whether an active progressive judge will undermine the Constitution.
Every vote matters this November.
Let’s be blunt: many Americans think that the 2016 election is one of the most awful choices we’ve had in a Presidential elections in decades, and they’re right.
Many voters find the candidates to be repellant. The Republican is a thin-skinned blowhard. The Democrat is a serial criminal under investigation by the FBI for multiple crimes who has only avoided indictment this far out of raw political power, and who is running on a platform of gutting a core human right. The Libertarian isn’t a libertarian, the new conservative Johnny-come-lately spoiler won’t even be on the ballot in most states, and the irrelevant Green Party candidate, is well, a complete flake.
The fact remains that when the dust settles in November, one of these clowns is going to be our President, and I hope gun owners will get involved and help get their fellow gun owners registered to vote and off to the polls to defend our constitutional rights on election day.
One of the ways you can do that is through #GunVote.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has set up #Gunvote as a place where you can:
- Register to vote
- Do a candidate search to learn who is on the ballot in your area, and then do your research to discover whether they support your values
- Find your polling place, to ensure you know where to go on election day.
- Track #GunVote news
- Contribute to the effort
- Look awesome in your own #GunVote performance shooting jersey (also, very cool/comfortable).
This is a crucial election, folks.
If we decide that we won’t vote because we don’t like our options and because You Know Who has no real campaign or “get out the vote” game, then the criminal is going to victory cackle the night of Tuesday, November 8, and start planning how she’s going to attack the Protection of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act (PLCAA), get it repealed, and sue the gun and ammunition industries out of business.
We have to vote this November 8 like our liberty depends upon it for a very simple reason…