Gun Groups Score Big Win in California
BELLEVUE, WA, and ROSEVILLE, CA - The Second Amendment Foundation and The Calguns Foundation earned a significant victory today when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the case of Richards v. Prieto, challenging the handgun carry license issuing policy of Yolo County, California, Sheriff Ed Prieto.
"Today's ruling reinforces the Second Amendment's application to state and local governments, and will help clear the way for more California citizens to exercise their right to bear arms," said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. "California officials have been put on notice that they can no longer treat the Second Amendment as a heavily-regulated government privilege."
The case was originally filed in 2009 as Sykes v. McGinness, and challenged not only Yolo County's policies, but Sacramento County's then-restrictive practices as well. SAF, Calguns and two private citizens, Adam Richards and Brett Stewart, continued pursuing the case against Yolo County after Sacramento County agreed to relax its policy. Plaintiffs are represented by attorneys Alan Gura and Don Kilmer.
"We are confident that the win today will stand the test of time," said Calguns Foundation Chairman Gene Hoffman.
The Richards case was argued at the same time, and to the same panel, that earlier decided Peruta v. County of San Diego, a similar case challenging overly-restrictive carry license policies. Yolo County and Sheriff Prieto argued that their policies were distinguishable from those struck down in Peruta, but apparently, the three-judge panel unanimously disagreed.
"The Ninth Circuit's decision moves our Carry License Compliance Initiative forward," explained CGF Executive Director Brandon Combs. "We're already preparing the next phase of litigation to ensure that all law-abiding Californians can exercise their right to bear arms."
Gottlieb noted that the battle over right-to-carry laws is far from over, but today's Ninth Circuit decision reaffirms that court's earlier ruling in the Peruta case and "moves the ball another step forward."
"We will pursue Second Amendment affirmation wherever and whenever such cases are possible as SAF fights to win back gun rights one lawsuit at a time," Gottlieb stated.
By: Shooting Wire
Gun licenses on the rise, as state considers changes in gun laws
The number of residents holding gun licenses in communities west of Boston climbed last year, continuing a long-term trend, as the state considers stricter laws that would give police chiefs more power to deny licenses to people.
Police chiefs say the surge in licenses is driven by a fear that changes in state and federal laws are coming that will make it more difficult to obtain a license.
The number of area residents with a Class A license, the most popular in the state, jumped 6 percent last year over 2012 . A Class A license allows the holder to carry a concealed handgun, or rifles or shotguns with a large capacity for ammunition.
By: Boston Globe
South Dakota: HB 1229 Passes State Senate, Heads to Governor for his Signature
The South Dakota Senate passedHouse Bill 1229by a26 to 9 vote. HB 1229, introduced by state Representative Timothy Johns (R-31), would ensure that South Dakota state law meets the requirements set forth in the federal NICS Improvement Amendments Act (NIAA) of 2007 and would ensure a strong restoration of rights provision for South Dakotans.
The NRA has supported and helped pass similar legislation across the country. These legislative advancements have allowed nearly half of the states in the nation to receive federal certification of their NIAA compliance programs, which have improved firearm rights and restoration pathways for many in those states.
Specifically, HB 1229 wouldrequire the reporting of records pursuant to an order of involuntary commitment, of persons who have been acquitted of a crime by reason of insanity and persons determined to be incompetent to stand trial. In addition to this reporting requirement, HB 1229 provides an open channel for restoration of an individual’s right to possess a firearm through the court system.
Your NRA supports this legislation and encourages you to thank those state Senators who voted for this bill. HB 1229 now goes to Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) for his signature.