that struck down Washington D.C.’s “good cause” requirement for a concealed carry permit (Grace v. District of Columbia).
Judge Thomas B. Griffith wrote “The good-reason law is necessarily a total ban on most D.C. residents’ right to carry a gun in the face of ordinary self-defense needs,” and “Bans on the ability of most citizens to exercise an enumerated right would have to flunk any judicial test.”
“The point of the Amendment isn’t to ensure that some guns would find their way into D.C., but that guns would be available to each responsible citizen as a rule,” – Judge GriffithRight again.
Washington D.C. has long placed enormous restrictions on individual residents from possessing handguns. However, in the aftermath of the Heller decision (which struck down the handgun ban) the District established local regulations that denied “self-defense” as an acceptable reason to obtain a permit. Of course, this is something that we here in California have experienced – especially in San Diego or San Francisco (unless you are Diane Feinstein of course).
This brought forth new legal challenges and GOC attorneys filed a “Friend of the Court” brief (amicus curiae**) stating “By inventing a test for making decisions that are not permitted by the Constitution, the courts have sought to get around the Heller decision which recognizes the constitutional individual right to keep and bear arms. The Constitution nowhere balances the right to keep and bear arms against government interests – a concept foreign to the Constitution.” Gun Owners argued that the Second Amendment provides the clear guide for the right to keep and bear arms. It shall not be infringed by government. Click here to read the brief.
So what does this mean to us in California? First off, it means GOC’s members are all active participants in skinning the liberal cat. Most importantly though, with the recent toxic Peruta ruling by the 9th Circuit rejecting “personal protection” as a sufficient reason to have a CCW, the DC decision sets up a constitutional crisis of sorts. Having such conflicting rulings on either side of the nation creates a situation of unequal protection of a citizen’s constitutional rights. The final decision will now be made by the United States Supreme Court."
some prior gun rights victories