Skip to comments.SAF VICTORY STRIKES DOWN NORTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY POWERS GUN BAN
Posted on 03/30/2012 2:05:03 PM PDT by Sasparilla
BELLEVUE, WA A federal district court judge in North Carolina has just struck down that states emergency power to impose a ban on firearms and ammunition outside the home during a declared emergency, ruling that the provision violates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
The case, Bateman v. Purdue, was brought by the Second Amendment Foundation, Grass Roots North Carolina FFE and three individual plaintiffs. Defendants in the case were Gov. Beverly Purdue and Reuben F. Young, secretary of the states Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, in their official capacities.
In his opinion, Judge Malcolm J. Howard, senior United States district judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, wrote, the court finds that the statutes at issue here are subject to strict scrutiny While the bans imposed pursuant to these statutes may be limited in duration, it cannot be overlooked that the statutes strip peaceable, law abiding citizens of the right to arm themselves in defense of hearth and home, striking at the very core of the Second Amendment.
When SAF attorney Alan Gura won the Heller case at the Supreme Court, noted SAF Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, the gun ban crowd said that we were a one-trick-pony and that we would never knock out another gun law. Well, SAF has now knocked out gun laws in Maryland, Illinois and North Carolina.
We filed this lawsuit on the day we won the McDonald case against Chicago, he added, extending the Second Amendment to all 50 states. This was part of our strategy of winning firearms freedoms one lawsuit at a time.
Gottlieb pointed to language in Judge Howards ruling that solidifies the Second Amendments reach outside the home. The judge noted that the Supreme Court in Heller noted that the right to keep and bear arms was valued not only for preserving the militia, but more important(ly) for self-defense and hunting.
Therefore, Judge Malcolm wrote, the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is not strictly limited to the home environment but extends in some form to wherever those activities or needs occur."
Under the laws at issue here, citizens are prohibited from engaging, outside their home, in any activities secured by the Second Amendment, Judge Malcolm wrote. They may not carry defensive weapons outside the home, hunt or engage in firearm related sporting activities. Additionally, although the statutes do not directly regulate the possession of firearms within the home, they effectively prohibit law abiding citizens from purchasing and transporting to their homes firearms and ammunition needed for self-defense. As such, these laws burden conduct protected by the Second Amendment.
The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. In addition to the landmark McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court Case, SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; New Orleans; Chicago and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and numerous amicus briefs holding the Second Amendment as an individual right.
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Gov. Perdue is having a real hissy fit.
Her `bitter clinger’ dartboard must be pretty perforated by now.
Shredded, actually. FUBP! ESAD!
This is good news. The way the law reads is ,if there is an emergency declared in the outer banks for a storm, it is illegal to hunt in Murphy.
Good. Preventing another New Orleans Massacre of unarmed civilians by armed police using an emergency as a pretext for murder is a good thing. Preventing the illegal seizure of firearms by police as we saw in New Orleans is also another good thing.
Sorry if I offend the LEO community, but post-Katrina there were a LOT of abuses by police who were in New Orleans from all over the country - not just N.O. cops.
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