H/t to my buddy from the Gunblogger Rendezvous, Sebastien, the tide is shifting the riddle in the sands of an hourglass – or something.
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.
As Sebastien notes: The one dissenting judge in Peruta also noted he would have voted to uphold the “good cause” requirement, but agreed with the majority in this case because Pretua is controlling. The suit in Richards was against Yolo County, in the middle of the state.
Yolo county is a land-locked agricultural county who’s main population feature is the town of Davis that is predominantly Democratic-controlled and which numerically dominates the rest of the county’s voting record (since 1952), and where a branch of the University of California is located. Yolo County is home to the multi-billion-dollar California tomato industry that dominates 90% of the canned and processed tomato market in the United States. Who do you wanna bet controls that?
Meanwhile: “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.”
Thanks SAF and CalGuns!