November 28, 2012
The feds have moved to block efforts by Second Amendment advocates in New York and San Francisco to prevent state and local government from imposing restrictive laws on firearms owners.
In New York, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled on Tuesday the Second Amendment was not violated by a law requiring firearm owners to show “proper cause” when they exercise their right to carry firearms for self-defense. The ruling upheld a New York state law requiring gun owners registering with the government to show a special need for self-protection in order to carry handguns.
Meanwhile, in San Francisco, federal judge Richard Seeborg denied a challenge against the city’s gun ordinance by the Nation Rifle Association. The 2007 San Francisco law requires handgun owners to keep weapons locked up or use trigger locks when stored at home. Seeborg said the law does not violate the Second Amendment or violate standards set by the Supreme Court in a 2008 ruling.
“Gun industry lobbies like the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation have been suing states and cities across the country asserting that ‘the Second Amendment does not stop at one’s doorstep’ and that there is an unlimited right to carry handguns in public. So far, they are shooting blanks,” writes Betsey Kim for Lawyers.com.
The rulings follow a record number of gun sales on Black Friday, the traditional shopping day following Thanksgiving. The FBI reported 154,873 background check requests on Friday, a 20 per cent increase over last year’s record total of 129,166 checks.
“With the recent election, some people are making buying decisions just in case something (new law) happens,” Don Gallardo, manager of Shooter’s World in Phoenix, told USA Today.
On Tuesday, we reported that the Obama administration may attempt to skirt Congress and outlaw semiautomatic firearms and multiple capacity ammunition feeding devices.
“Under this scenario, semiautomatics and high capacity magazines could be acquired only with great difficulty and at great expense by America’s estimated 100 million law-abiding firearms owners,” John Snyder, a noted gun rights activist wrote earlier this week.