Skip to comments.SAF WINS PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AGAINST NEW MEXICO CONCEALED CARRY BAN
Posted on 04/03/2013 8:50:52 PM PDT by marktwain
BELLEVUE, WA The Second Amendment Foundation has won a preliminary injunction against a part of the State of New Mexicos concealed carry statute on the grounds that it violates the right of equal protection under the law.
The ruling, handed down by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, was signed by M. Christina Armijo, the chief district judge.
SAF filed the legal action on behalf of John Jackson, a permanent legal resident alien who could not obtain a concealed carry permit under existing New Mexico statute because he is not a U.S. citizen. SAF has challenged similar bans in other jurisdictions.
Were delighted with the outcome of this challenge, said SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. The right of self-protection should not be denied to people who are active and productive members of the community simply because they do not meet the citizenship requirement of a state statute.
In reaching its ruling, the court applied a heightened standard of scrutiny and concluded that the citizenship provision of New Mexicos law is severable from the remainder of the state Concealed Handgun Carry Act.
While the law allowed Mr. Jackson to openly carry a firearm, Gottlieb noted, there are certain areas and circumstances when doing so would be imprudent or potentially in violation of other legal restrictions. This ruling will make it possible for Mr. Jackson and other legal resident aliens to exercise their right to bear arms.
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.
“SAF filed the legal action on behalf of John Jackson, a permanent legal resident alien who could not obtain a concealed carry permit under existing New Mexico statute because he is not a U.S. citizen.”
Oh, the irony here is delicious. If the left wants to defend the statute, then they have to argue that immigrants have fewer rights than citizens. Nice little minefield SAF has laid for them there :)
People who've waited in immigration lines for years get my respect; people who sneak across the border ought to be rounded up, imprisoned awhile, and sent back.