Tuesday, May 19, 2009

San Francisco’s Unconstitutional Laws Targeted

The NRA has sued the city of San Francisco targeting three provisions of city law based on the Heller decision. The Heller decision hinged on whether or not a provision interfered with individual’s ability to defend himself or herself with a firearm. San Francisco’s code has several analogous provisions including:

“A requirement that handguns in San Francisco homes be kept in a locked cabinet or disabled with a trigger lock.”

“A ban on the sale of fragmenting bullets.”

“A city ordinance that prohibits the discharge of firearms within city limits.”

The city, of course, is up in arms (figuratively of course, as they believe guns are “bad”). According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Matt Dorsey believes the “NRA's real goal is not to strike down the specific city laws but to win court rulings that expand the reach of the Second Amendment.” I guess fighting to preserve liberty is frowned upon in San Francisco.

The trigger lock / disassembly ordinance is the same as was struck down by the Heller decision. The suit contends that this provision when coupled with ammunition restrictions "makes it impossible for city residents to use their handguns for the core lawful purpose of self-defense, particularly in urgent, life-threatening situations."

Quite frankly I hope the city of San Francisco gets its head handed to it on a plate in this case. Their provisions are clearly unconstitutional, and given the strong parallels with the DC case, no reasonable Court could see otherwise. Unfortunately there are a lot of unreasonable courts out there.

It’s unfortunate that for years those seeking to preserve their Civil Rights have had to resort to the courts. However, it is heartening to have the NRA, the Second Amendment Foundation, and a host of others helping in that legal struggle. Support for our Second Amendment rights seems to be growing across the nation, and I expect there will be many more legal battles moving forward. Hopefully the momentum will continue in our favor!

Until next time!!!

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