Earlier this year, we told you about our major Second Amendment victory at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Teixeira v. County of Alameda, where the three-judge panel held that if “the right of the people to keep and bear arms is to have any force, the people must have a right to acquire the very firearms they are entitled to keep and to bear.”
The consequences of our major pro-gun win are already showing up in lower courts.
Nearly 6,000 miles away from California’s Golden Coast, a federal judge recently struck down several of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ gun control laws, including their registration scheme, a restriction on the caliber of long guns, an “assault weapons” ban (laws very similar to California’s SB 23 “evil features” ban), a ban on open carry of a handgun, a $1,000.00 excise tax on handguns, and a policy that seized firearms upon importation.
In her ruling, Chief Judge Ramona Manglona of the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands (who was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of New Mexico School of Law) cited to Teixiera, saying that “The Second Amendment protects the right to armed self-defense, which includes the right to acquire such arms….The reason is simple: without the arms, the right would be useless.”
Thanks to your support, our legal action program is already restoring Second Amendment freedoms not just in California, but even thousands of miles away.
But we still have a fight ahead of us.
The County is now asking the Ninth Circuit to rehear the case, presuming the first three-judge panel got it wrong.
The outcome of this case could have a huge impact on FFLs nationwide.
THAT’S WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Help CAL-FFL defend this important victory!