June 11, 2016: 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision

While not shocking, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision on the case of Peruta v. County of San Diego is telling.  What it tells us is that only four of the eleven judges understand that some California’s counties requirement to show “good cause” or “valid” reasons is tantamount to a total ban on the right of an ordinary citizen to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.  Individual counties requirements for “good cause” or “valid” reasons combined with California’s “may issue” approach are used for denial of permit requests.  A general desire for self-protection and protection of family does not constitute “good cause.” Continue reading

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June 2, 2016: Response to Alan Berlow

Alan Berlow’s Op-Ed piece titled “Gun Control That Actually Works”, ran in the New York Times on May 31, 2016 and the Tampa Bay Times on June 1, 2016.

Alan Berlow proposes that the 1934 National Firearms Act is a model to build on. He is suggesting that this law should be the basis for how all gun owners are treated in the United States.  That he suggests that the 1934 NFA is “Gun Control That Actually Works” is an example of Orwellian double-speak.  The 1934 NFA was so flawed, it was found to be unenforceable in the 1968 Hayes decision by the US Supreme Court.  It had to be redefined as Title II of the 1968 Gun Control Act and paired with a new Title I to overcome the constitutional flaws.  Continue reading