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Topic - Alan Gura
D.C. gun owners filed a federal lawsuit in 2009 seeking the right to carry guns in public, but with a decision in the case still pending they are now taking the unusual step of seeking intervention by a higher court.
The nation’s capital is the only place in America where no one is allowed to exercise his right to bear arms. This is clearly unconstitutional, but the courts have thrown up repeated roadblocks to delay the law getting overturned for more than four years. The federal appeals court now will decide if this delay can continue.
Alan Gura is disappointed the Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would not take up a challenge to Maryland's “may issue” carry laws, but he is determined to get a high court ruling on the right to bear arms.
The U.S. Supreme Court will not review a Maryland law requiring applicants to provide a "good and substantial reason" to carry a weapon in public — passing again on an opportunity to clarify the limitations of the Second Amendment.
For the five-year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling on District of Columbia v. Heller, the Cato Institute brought together the original legal team to reflect on the impact. Emily Miller, The Washington Times' senior editor for opinion, spoke about how D.C. technically complied with the High Court's decision but put in place onerous registration laws to discourage gun ownership.
As the debate over gun rights heats up on Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition to hear a challenge to a key provision of New York state's restrictive gun laws.
A federal appeals court has ruled that Maryland can require concealed-carry handgun permit applicants to provide a "good and substantial reason" for wanting to carry a gun outside the home, leaving state officials feeling vindicated and Second Amendment advocates vowing to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Anti-gun jurisdictions are in trouble. Tuesday's 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down the Illinois ban on concealed carry has put in the crosshairs the reluctance of the District and Maryland to allow citizens to exercise their right to self-defense outside the home.
Florida is preparing to issue its 1 millionth concealed-carry permit while a federal court ruling this week left the nation's capital as the only place in the United States with a total ban on carrying concealed weapons — developments that have gun advocates feeling that momentum is on their side in the national debate over whether Americans can remain armed once they leave home.
New life is being breathed into the Second Amendment. After it was beaten down by activist courts over the decades, the nation's top justices finally decided two years ago that the founders meant what they wrote. In McDonald v. Chicago, the Supreme Court majority held it was unconstitutional for the Windy City to forbid residents to keep handguns in their homes. On Tuesday, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided the phrase in the Bill of Rights about "bearing arms" has meaning as well.
Attorneys for the state of Maryland argued Wednesday in federal court that a law requiring residents to provide a "good and substantial reason" for seeking handgun permits is a reasonable restriction that promotes safety without violating the Second Amendment.
A federal appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of Maryland's controversial requirement that legal gun owners have a "good and substantial reason" to carry concealed weapons.
The ability of Americans to bear arms is on the line in this presidential election. The Supreme Court, which started a new term on Monday, will have little choice but to take up the issue of carry rights within the next few years.
A federal judge has struck down a Maryland law barring residents from receiving handgun permits unless they have a "good and substantial reason," in an opinion that gun rights advocates celebrated Monday as a "monumentally important decision."
"The delay in resolving this case is manifestly unreasonable. It is excessive by district court's normal standards," Mr. Gura wrote in a petition asking for a rarely granted writ of mandamus. "Petitioners acknowledge that the case is highly controversial. But whatever a court may think of the merits, they do not require four years to discern."
Mr. Gura noted that challenges to other handgun-carry bans, specifically in Illinois, have taken far less time to resolve.