Future Battle For Gun Rights Will Likely Be Fought in the Courtroom, Not the Legislature
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According to a piece in the Washington Times, we are likely to see the battle for expanded gun rights in the coming months and years take place not in the national or state legislatures, but in the local, state, federal, and Supreme Courts.
With the landmark Heller decision in 2008 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) the court affirmed an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, but also said that reasonable restrictions could be placed on those rights. It gave some loose guidelines for what can be considered reasonable and left room for future cases to flesh out these issues more fully.
There are several high profile Second Amendment cases working their way through the courts right now.
The New York State Supreme Court has demanded that the state prove that its new gun control package is constitutional ASAP.
Federal courts have recently ruled that Illinois must institute some process for its citizens to be able to carry a concealed weapon.
Another case in Washington is dealing with non resident carry permits.
Rest assured these cases along with others could greatly influence future gun rights. Keeping your eye on legislation is not enough. We also need to watch the courts, be prepared to donate to the pro gun organizations who are bringing these cases, and be ready to donate to defense funds of individuals who might be facing unconstitutional gun laws.